Just Harvest, a South Side-headquartered nonprofit organization that has worked since 1986 to end hunger and poverty in the region, will offer its free tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families at three Allegheny County sites from until April 17.
As a lead partner in the United Way of Allegheny County's Money in Your Pocket Coalition, Just Harvest joins several other agencies and organizations including United Cerebral Palsy, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Family Resources, and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania in providing IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services. In addition to sites at Just Harvest's South Side headquarters and Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus in Monroeville, the organization is coordinating a new tax prep site at Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Avenue, Hill District.
Families with incomes up to $40,000 or individuals with income up to $20,000 qualify for the free tax preparation. Tax clients can receive their refunds in as little as nine days. Those who do not have bank accounts may receive their refunds on a PNC Bank-issued electronic debit card at no charge.
Last year, Just Harvest completed 2,326 returns among three county tax sites. Clients at those sites received a total of $4.6 million in tax refunds. Benefits that clients received under the Earned Income Tax Credit – an important resource that lifts more households out of poverty than any other program – accounted for over $2 million.
Those who have received their W-2 forms, may schedule an appointment at any of the sites operated by Just Harvest, or at another Money in Your Pocket Coalition-operated site. Find site details at www.pghfreetaxes.org or by calling PA 2-1-1 Southwest (dial "211" or 412-255-1155). Weekend and evening appointments are available.