Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers
“For hard-working New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet for their families, receiving the full potential of a tax refund is crucial.”
“The Financial Clinic is proud to offer one of the largest VITA tax preparation programs in New York City, offering free tax preparation to thousands of families each year with sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Many of these families are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, receiving on average more than $2,000, and now more than ever, we seek to ensure they receive the full amount they deserve.”
“In addition, our financial coaches and tax preparers help low-income New Yorkers maximize their savings at tax time by navigating available resources such as myRA retirement accounts and 529 college savings accounts.”
– Haidee Cabusora, Chief Program Officer, The Financial Clinic
What is VITA Tax Preparation Program?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less annually. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
If your 2017 income was under $66,000, you can also file online for free through United Way’s MyFreeTaxes! Visit myfreetaxes.org to learn more. What should I bring to my appointment?
- Photo ID
- Original or photocopies of SSN or ITIN Card for yourself, your spouse and your dependents
- All 2017 W-2 and 1099 Forms
- To receive your refund through direct deposit, bring your bank account and routing numbers for any account you would like to deposit money into, including your checking, savings or 529 College Savings account
What is Refund529? Introducing Form IT-195, a new way to save for college
Beginning in 2018, any eligible New York State tax filer can split their state refund towards a direct contribution into a 529 college savings account – an unprecedented opportunity to begin (or continue) saving for your or your children’s education! Download the Refund529 flyer to learn more.
Make an impact this tax season, volunteer for a VITA site!
The Clinic is seeking volunteer tax preparers to work at least one 4 hour shift per week at our locations around the city. Though previous tax experience is certainly desirable, we encourage applications from anyone with a desire to learn and a commitment to helping low- to moderate-income tax filers. Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin is beneficial. Please reach out to Marlene Uraga, VITA Program Manager, at muraga@thefinancialclinicorg to discuss current volunteer opportunities.