Safety and social distancing, along with virtual options, will be the emphasis for the upcoming tax season as the Internal Revenue Service seeks volunteers to provide free tax return preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. Potential volunteers can tune in virtually to learn more about the programs, ask questions and find out which volunteer role is right for them. For the 2020 tax season, some volunteer sites will offer virtual help to taxpayers in place of face-to-face assistance. Some VITA/TCE sites will still offer in-person free tax help. However, safety and social distancing will be emphasized. To learn more about volunteering and to sign up, go to IRS.gov/volunteers. Shortly after signing up, interested participants will receive an invitation to attend a virtual orientation.