Free tax preparation is available for those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit on their income-tax returns. Volunteer programs help clients file electronically, saving them high preparation fees and often getting their refunds faster. Those seeking assistance with current year tax filings can get help through programs such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, administered by local community organizations. VITA offers free tax preparation to those who make $54,000 or less. Tax-preparer volunteers, certified by the IRS, help working families claim credits such as the EITC and the Child Tax Credit. Those who need assistance with past year filings or federal tax issues can call Community Legal Aid’s help line at 800-988-9454 to apply for assistance, or apply online at www.communitylegalaid.org/apply.