Tax Preparation: Need Tax Preparation Help? Three Resources to Turn To

January 31, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Tax preparation is key to getting through the tax season. (Photos.com)
Tax preparation is key to getting through the tax season. (Photos.com)
Tax season is upon us, and preparing tax forms can be a headache.

While there are many firms and companies, like H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt, that can help you prepare your taxes for a fee, there are also many online and offline resources you can use, if you don't want to pay an arm and a leg just to file your tax returns.

Here are three tax preparation resources to check out:

The Beehive: Pay taxes online, watch a video of how to file taxes online, check changes in tax filing for 2011, or read a bunch of other articles on how to properly prepare your taxes. There’s tax preparation help in Spanish.

AARP’s Tax-Aide: This program from the retired Americans lobbying group gives low-income or elderly people tax preparation help for free. Volunteers are Tax-Aide sites nationwide can help with most tax schedules, and the website allows for 24/7 assistance. The volunteers will help anyone, but give preference to seniors, often bringing elders to the head of the line.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs provide free tax preparation assistance for those who qualify, including military personnel and their families, elderly Americans 60 years or older, and those who make an income of less than $49,000 per year. These programs have sites all over the country in community centers, schools, malls, libraries, and other public locations.