Free Tax Preparation in Houston Texas Claim Earned Income Credit

By | December 27, 2015

Neighborhood Tax Centers offers free, quality tax preparation services at 15 convenient locations throughout the Greater Houston Area during the tax season. Neighborhood Tax Centers, United Way of Greater Houston and Houston Community College have partnered to offer this free service to students from a trusted source.


Houston Free tax preparation

  • FREE e-filing for FAST refund
  • FREE direct deposit
  • FREE ITIN applications
  • FREE prior year returns and amendments back to 2009
  • FREE assistance with IRS letters


Who is eligible for tax prep in Houston, Texas?

  • Families earning up to $50,000
  • Single individuals earning up to $30,000

No appointments. Walk-ins only.


Houston Free Tax Preparation Locations

15 Neighborhood Tax Centers are open and ready for you. One more center, at the Chinese Community Center, will open January 30.

Come visit us at the location nearest you! The Google Map includes hours of operation and directions.

Ripley House Neighborhood Center
4410 Navigation Blvd Houston TX 77011

Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
4014 Market St Houston, TX 77020

Lakewood Church
3700 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX 77027

Chinese Community Center (Opening January 30)
9800 Town Park Dr Houston, TX 77036

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77042

United Way Service Center of Fort Bend
10435 Greenbough Dr Stafford, TX 77477

Memorial Assistance Ministries
1625 Blalock Rd Houston, TX 77055

LINC Houston
161 West Rd (exit 59 on I-45) Houston, TX 77037

Oak Forest Library
Oak Forest Center, 1349 W 43rd St Houston, TX 77018

Wendel D. Ley YMCA
15055 Wallisville Rd Houston, TX 77049

Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
4605 Wilmington St Houston, TX 77051

Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center
720 Fairmont Pkwy Pasadena, TX 77504

United Way Service Center of the Bay Area
1300 Bay Area Blvd Houston, TX 77058

West Orem YMCA

5801 West Orem Dr Houston TX 77085 Between S. Post Oak & Chimney Rock


Other Free Tax Preparation in Houston and Free Tax Return Filing

Don’t wait until the last day!  The crowd of people wanting help with their tax returns on the last day will be HUGE!  The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are here at the Fairbanks Library on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 pm-5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm.

The free tax preparation services from the Neighborhood Tax Centers are available through April 15 at the United Way Bay Area Service Center, 1300 Bay Area Blvd. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during February and April. In March, the hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Neighborhood Tax Centers targets hardworking families that earn up to $50,000 a year and individuals who earn up to $30,000 a year. The program is intended to increase financial stability and to allow families to use their extra money for basic needs, their children’s school expenses, or savings for the future.

Through Neighborhood Tax Centers, families avoid paying high fees charged by traditional retail tax preparer services. Neighborhood Tax Centers prepares current year taxes, electronically files tax returns and offers direct deposit of tax refunds at no cost. Clients also have access to United Way SAVE, a matched savings account program that enables them to set aside part or all of their tax refund right away.

Volunteer tax preparers will provide services on a walk-in basis, so no appointment is necessary. Clients can call 2-1-1- Texas/United Way HELPLINE for more information.

Both Houston Public Library and Harris County Public Library also are offering free tax assistance from AARP volunteers through April 15. A detailed calendar for Harris County library is here. Houston Public Library has its own extensive calendar for dates and times at specific branches. These tax services for all ages, not just the elderly. First-come, first-served.

What to Bring for Free Tax Preparation in Houston

  • Copy of last year’s income tax return(s)
  • W-2 forms from each employer (s)
  • Unemployment compensation statements
  • SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits
  • All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest and/or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assets
  • 1099-misc. showing any miscellaneous income
  • 1099-R form if you received a pension or annuity
  • All forms indicating federal income tax paid
  • Dependent care provider information (name, employer, ID, Social Security number)
  • All receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents
  • Valid Government Photo ID card

Fifty percent of Houstonians earn $50,000 or less, so many people can benefit from free tax preparation with Houston’s leading free tax preparer. Tax preparation service is available in Spanish at most locations. Chinese and Vietnamese are available at select locations. Call 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE for details.