A network of more than 80 free tax preparation sites located throughout Vermont opened on February 1. Last year, the Vermont Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites served approximately 3,500 Vermonters. Vermonters who earned less than $50,000 in 2011 may have their taxes completed by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. AARP also offers free tax assistance sites and served an additional 5,000 Vermonters last year. For a list of free tax preparation sites, go to www.MoneyEd.Vermont.gov and scroll down to the Earned Income Tax Credit heading.