Free Tax Preparation in New York NYC Claim Earned Income Credit

If you earned income, you could qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the NYC Child Care Tax Credit (NYC CCTC), which could result in a refund of up to $10,000. Find out if you qualify for the EITC and NYC CCTC..

 

What is the New York EITC and NYC CCTC?

Text “Refund” to 97779 from your cell phone to receive daily useful information during tax season from the Department of Consumer Affairs including tax credits and free tax prep eligibility and financial counseling (Text and data rates may apply. Check with your cell phone provider).

 

Free Tax Preparation in New York City

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites At these sites an IRS-trained and certified volunteer will help you file your taxes. You must earn $53,000 or less (with children) or $18,000 or less (no children) to use this service. EXCEPTION: Food Bank for NYC sites will accept clients earning $53,000 or less (with or without dependents).

Assisted Self-Prep sites: At these sites you can file your taxes online … but with some help from a certified volunteer. You must earn $60,000 or less and have a valid email address to use this service.

At these sites you can drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later. Sites offering this service have varying income eligibility requirements, please refer to site details.

AARP Tax-Aide sites: At these sites a certified volunteer will help you file your taxes. These sites offer free tax preparation for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older.

 

New York City Free Tax Preparation Sites

Ariva Ariva at Spring Bank 69 East 167th Street Bronx, NY 10452 Telephone: 718-292-2983 Walk in or Appointment?: Appointment Only Dates: 1/21 through 11/30 Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 5:00pm to 7:30pm Wednesday: 2:00pm to 7:30pm Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm Languages: English, Spanish ITIN Assistance: Yes

Food Bank for NYC Food Bank for New York City 71 St. Nicholas Avenue Manhattan, NY 10026 Walk in or Appointment?: Walk in Only Dates: 1/22 through 10/15 Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00am to 3:00pm Languages: English, Spanish ITIN Assistance: Yes

Urban Upbound Urban Upbound – Long Island City 12-15 40th Avenue Queens, NY 11101 Telephone: 718-784-0877 Walk in or Appointment?: Appointment Only Dates: 1/20 through 11/16 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00am to 7:00pm Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese – Cantonese, Chinese – Mandarin, Korean, Arabic ITIN Assistance: Yes Notes: You must earn $53,000 or less (with children) or $18,000 or less (no children) to use the drop-off service.

Bronx Works Morris Senior Center 80 E. 181st Street Bronx, NY 10453 Monday – Thursday | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed Mondays and Fridays in March. January 17 – April 15 –

 

Other Free Income Tax Services (IRS VITA)

Launched in 2002, Food Bank’s Tax Assistance & Financial Services Program provides hard-working low-income New Yorkers with free tax preparation services, helping them get the refunds and credits to which they are entitled, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—a key piece of the public safety net, which alone can be worth up to $8,293 for families.

One of the largest programs of its type in the country, Food Bank’s Tax Assistance & Financial Services Program completed more than 85,000 tax returns for New York City’s working poor in 2014— helping to bring more than $100 million in tax refunds and credits back to struggling New Yorkers as well as our local economy. Every year nearly 300 certified volunteer tax preparers donate their time through our tax program.

 

Where to get tax return filed for free in NYC?

Food Bank for New York City Tax & Financial Service Center
71 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10026
Between 114th and 113th Streets
(B, C or 2, 3 Trains to 116th Street)
Currently closed for the season, to reopen in January 2016

 

SaveUSA Account

New York City’s SaveUSA program offers an incentive to save at tax time. At select Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout the City, you may have the opportunity to open a SaveUSA account when you file your taxes. Save at least $200 of your refund for a year and earn 50 cents for every $1 you save. Save $1,000 for the maximum $500 match.
The program is available on a first come, first served basis and while funds last.

To qualify for the SaveUSA program, you must:

  • Earn $53,000 or less if you have children
  • Earn $18,000 or less if you do not have children
  • Have a minimum refund of $200 and agree to save at least $200 in the account
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Provide two forms of identification and proof of address in addition to your tax documents
  • Open the account at the time you file your taxes at a participating site

Other Free Tax Filing Information

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Learn more about the City’s annual tax credit campaign. We thank all our partners, including generous support from: