IRS and SPEC are committed to assisting Veterans and their families through this webpage, which will be updated frequently to include the latest news and information about VA/IRS partnership and any new tax information for Veterans as well as VA programs.
SPEC and the VA have been formally collaborating since April 2015, delivering outreach messages to millions of Veterans. In addition to free tax preparation, SPEC wants to assist Veterans with additional tools such as financial education and asset building programs through its thousands of partners located in almost every local community throughout the country.
SPEC is the education and outreach department of the IRS serving low to moderate-income taxpayers, Veterans, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, and Native Americans. SPEC is widely known for oversight of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, which offer free tax return preparation and outreach to these taxpayers. In 2016, over 90,000 IRS certified volunteers in approximately 12,000 locations provided nearly 3.8 million free tax returns including over 435,000 free tax returns for Veterans.
Date of Article: 3 August 2016
Article Link: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/29457/irs-provides-financial-education-assistance-to-veteransirs-provides-tax-preparation-assistance/