Free Tax Preparation in Washington DC Claim Earned Income Credit

From February to mid-April, CTA provides free tax preparation services to individuals with no more than $35,000 in income and families with no more than $53,000 in income. This free service is provided by trained volunteers.

Who Can File Taxes For Free in Washington, DC?

Our volunteers are students, accountants, lawyers, administrators, community volunteers, and interpreters, who dedicate countless hours to our programs. From February to April, our volunteers prepare taxes at our sites, which are located in Northern Virginia, D.C., and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County in Maryland.



Tax time can be very critical for many low-income working families. That’s because many earn so little —despite working full-time, year-round—that they are eligible for tax credits. Tax credits can provide a significant boost to a family’s income by lowering the taxes they have to pay or by providing a refund. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most important tax benefits for low-income working families. The EITC is available as a federal tax credit and also as a state tax credit in DC and 24 states. DC’s EITC, which is 40 percent of the federal EITC, is the highest state-level EITCs in the nation.

DC Free Tax Preparation Info

Need to prepare DC or Maryland, but not federal?


Free Tax Preparation in Washington, DC

DC: Adams Morgan Jubilee Jobs
2712 Ontario Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Buses: 42,43,H1,H2,H3,S1,S2,S4,S9, DC CirculatorNearest Metros: Columbia Heights, Woodley Park/Zoo Open: 2/2-4/15 (not open 2/16)
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs
Sat 9:00AM-4:00PM (Closed 3/14, 3/28)
Appointment OnlyAppointments not taken until January 21st at: 202-830-1480
2014; (In April also 2011) English
DC: Columbia Heights CentroNia
1420 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Metro: Columbia Heights
Buses: 42, 52, 54, H1, H2, H3, S1, S2, S4, DC Circulator
Open: 2/7 – 4/11
Sat: 9:00AM-2:00PM
To make appointment call 202-332-4200 ext. 1017 & 1076
Walk-ins served when space is available.
2014; (through Apr. 4 also prior year & amended, if we prepared the original return) English, Spanish
DC: Howard University Gadget Center -Howard University School of Business
2801 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Shaw
Buses: 70Street parking
Open: 2/3 – 4/14
Tues & Thurs 5:00PM-8:00PM
Sat 9:00-Noon
(Not open 3/14-3/22)
To make an appointment call 202-684-8228 or email
Walk-ins served when space is available.
2014 English
DC: Metro Center & Gallery Place Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW, A9
Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place/ Metro CenterBuses: 42, 54, 66, 68, 70, 71, 80, B6, D6, S2, S4, X2 Open: 2/1 – 4/15
Walk-In Only
Mon, Tue & Wed 4:30PM-8:00PM (not open 2/16)
Sat 9:30AM-4:30PM
Sun 1:00PM-4:00PM
(not open 4/5)
on April 15 site will open at 1pm
2014 & 2011; (and through April 5th also prior year & amended if we prepared the original return) English, Chinese
DC: Rhode Island Metro Edgewood Terrace Edgewood: The View
635 Edgewood Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Metro: Rhode Island Ave.
Buses: P6, D8
Parking available
Open: 2/8 – 4/12
Sun 1:00PM-4:00PM
(not open 4/5)
Walk-in only
2014 English
DC: Gallaudet University
(community partner, not operated by Community Tax Aid)
Gallaudet – Tax Services for Deaf Taxpayers
Ely Center Room 202D and Room 201
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Nearest Metro: Noma-Gallaudet U (New York Ave)
Buses: 90, 92, 93, X3
Open: 2/3 – 6/30
Tues & Thurs 3:00PM-6:00PM
Fri 2:00PM-5:00PM
By appointment only: call 202-651-5312
Video Phone: 202-250-2375
Fax: 202-651-5516
English, American Sign Language
DC: Minnesota Ave & Benning Roads NE East River Family Strengthening Collaborative3917 Minnesota Ave NE (entrance at Dix St, under green awning, across from McDonalds)
Washington, DC 20019
Metro: Minnesota Ave
Buses: X2, V8, U2, U4, U8Parking available
Open: 2/7-4/11. Sat 9:00am-3:00pm 2014 & 2011 English
DC: Good Hope Shopping Center SE Community Credit Center – Capitol One Bank
2831 Alabama Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
(Entrance on side of Capitol One Bank)
Buses: 30S, 32, 34, 92, W2, W3, W4, W6
Nearest Metro: Naylor RoadParking available
Open: 2/4 – 4/11
Wed 6:00PM-7:30PM
Sat 9:00AM-3:00PM
Walk-ins Only
2014 English
DC: Martin Luther King Ave/ Malcolm X Ave UPO Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene
Community Service Center
2907 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20032
Buses: W2,W3,A2,A4,A6,A8
Nearest Metro: Congress-Heights
DC Residents Only
Open: 2/2 – 4/15 (not open 2/16)
Appointment Only: (202) 231-7903
Mon, Tue & Thurs 6:00PM-7:30PM
Wed (For disabled and elderly only) 10:00AM-1:00PMSPECIAL DAYS – Walk-in Only (limited slots avail.)
Sat 2/7, 2/28, 4/11 10:00AM-1:00PM
Wed 4/15 12:00PM-6:00PM
2014; (2013 by appointment only) English
MD: Prince George’s County/Suitland Unity Economic Development Corporation
5801 Allentown Road, Suite 308
Suitland, MD 20746
Buses K 12 and D 14, Metro: 1.5 Miles from Branch AvenueParking available Open: 2/7 – 4/14 BY
Sat & Thurs 9:00AM-12:00PM
Tues 4:00PM-7:00PM
Appointment only
To make an appointment call 301-505-0331
2014 English
MD: Prince George’s County/New Carrollton New Carrollton City Municipal Center
6016 Princess Garden Parkway
New Carrollton, MD 20784
Buses: G12 from New Carrollton Metro Station (Also F13, B25)Parking available Open: 2/5 – 4/13 (not open 2/16)
Mon & Thurs 6:00PM-8:00PM
Walk-in Only.
2014; (also 2011 if space available) English
MD: Montgomery County/Rockville Rockville Library
21 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
Metro: Rockville
Bus: Ride-On 55
Paid parking available
Open: 2/7 – 4/11
Sat 12:00PM-3:00PMWalk-in only
2014 English
MD: Montgomery County/Silver Spring Park Montgomery Apartments
8860 Piney Branch Road
Community Center Level 1
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Parking Available Open: 2/8 – 4/12 (no open 4/5)
Sun 1:00PM-4:00PM
Walk-in only
2014 English, Spanish
VA: Northern Virginia/Alexandria Alexandria Dept. of Community & Human Services
2525 Mt. Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(use side entrance on Mt. Ida)
1.2 miles from Braddock Road
Buses: DASH AT-10
Metrobus 10A, 10B, 10EParking available
Open: 2/7 4/15
Wed 6:30PM-8:00PM
Sat 9:00AM-12:00PM
2014; (also prior year & amended) English, Spanish
VA: Northern Virginia/Arlington Arlington Department of Human Services
2100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22204

Community Tax Aid does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and reprisal for previous civil rights activities.  CTA will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with physical disabilities, sensory loss, or limited English proficiency. These accommodations will be provided at no cost to the taxpayer.


More Free DC Tax Preparation Information and DC VITA

Through our partners, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) the Community Financial Center of Prince George’s Community College, and the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, we support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around the region where IRS certified volunteers will prepare returns for qualified residents completely free of charge.