What?!? Why is the IRS the focus of Feel Good Friday, you ask?
First of all, this is a friendly reminder that your taxes are due on Monday (you're welcome). Second, and more importantly, the IRS runs two programs where volunteers provide free tax preparation for qualifying individuals!
As explained on their website, "The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns."
There's also assistance designed for people over 60. "Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors." You can click this link to find a VITA or TCE site near you.
Now maybe you've already done your taxes or you don't fit in either category. Well, you can still feel good by passing this information on to the procrastinator in your life who may need the assistance OR you can sign up to be a volunteer next year.
As you can see in this brief volunteer recruitment video, you will receive free training to teach you how to prepare taxes. You can also volunteer as a greeter/screener, interpreter or computer specialist. Whatever your role, you'll be helping other people maximize their credits, get refunds and generally make tax time less traumatizing.
You may still hate doing your own taxes but you can show some love for the IRS and its volunteers by following them on Twitter @IRSnews.