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IRS Offers Assistance for People with Disabilities
For people with disabilities, federal income tax forms and publications are a click away. The IRS
is committed to providing web-accessible tax information for all taxpayers. The IRS' website has embraced accessibility in the following ways:
The IRS also hosts a full line of tax products and services, including federal tax forms and publications for people who use special assistive technology, including screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software. They've prepared hundreds of the most popular tax forms and publications, using full text descriptions where needed, and made them available for download:
Special assistance is available for people with all types of disabilities. If you are unable to complete your return because of a physical disability, you can obtain assistance from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program offers free tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their won tax returns. IRS-certifed volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Click here for information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
The IRS also offers videos in American Sign Language. Click here for a listing of videos.
Telephone assistance for the hearing impaired is available via all types of relay services whether they are from federal, state and/or private relay providers.You can use relay through Videophone, AIM, a computer, captioned telephone or TTY. For relay users, the voice number i 800-829-1040. The toll-free TTY number is (800) 829-4059 and is available 24 hours a day.
Braille materials for the visually impaired are available at any of the 142 regional libraries in conjunction with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. To locate the nearest library in your area, write to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress at 1291 Taylor St., Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20542.