by Melanie Brunson
This time I thought I would share with you an article from the IRS about resources and services that are available to people with disabilities not just during tax time, but all year round. Please read on for some very useful information.
IRS Services for People with Disabilities
Hundreds of accessible federal tax forms and publications are available for download from the IRS accessibility web page, http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility. Visit IRS.gov and select the Forms & Pubs tab to access the Accessible Forms and Pubs link. You can choose from large print, text, accessible PDFs, e-braille, or HTML formats that are compatible when used with screen readers and refreshable braille displays. The IRS also provides American Sign Language videos with the latest tax information; visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el-xueE-ZDY&list=PL634968897EAEA4FD&index=3 to view them.
IRS Tax Return Preparation Help Available
People who are unable to complete their tax returns because of a physical disability or are age 60 or older may get assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. You can find a nearby VITA or TCE location by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, “Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities,” explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p907/index.html.