Free tax preparation sites open next week
United Way of Allegheny County, in partnership with the Money in Your Pocket Coalition, will open 14 free tax preparation sites across Allegheny County beginning Jan. 20 through April 15.
Each location will be staffed by trained personnel and IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who will prepare tax returns at no charge for qualifying individuals and families, ensuring they receive full refunds with no hidden charges or fees in an honest and knowledgeable environment.
Appointments for free tax preparation can be made by dialing 2-1-1, the free 24-hour health and human services hotline powered by United Way. To qualify for the free tax preparation program, total family income can be up to $40,000 per year and total individual income can be up to $20,000 per year.
This year’s free tax preparation sites include: Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), Downtown; Allegheny Valley Association of Churches, Natrona Heights; Human Services Center Corporation, Turtle Creek; Just Harvest, South Side; Just Harvest, CCAC Boyce Campus, Monroeville; and, Just Harvest, Robert Morris University, Moon Township.
Also, Just Harvest, Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh Bedford Hope Center, Hill District; North Hills Community Outreach, Bellevue; North Hills Community Outreach, Millvale; YMCA/Hope for All, Hazelwood Branch; YMCA/Hope for All, Homewood-Brushton Branch; YWCA/Hope for All, Headquarters, Downtown; and YWCA/Hope for All, Homewood-Brushton Community Center.
Sites operate during day, evening and weekend hours; hours vary by location and can be found at http://www.pghfreetaxes.org.
Last year, 149 IRS-certified volunteers from all walks of life prepared more than 5,800 tax returns and delivered $10 million in refunds back to local residents, including $4.1 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the largest anti-poverty programs, is a tax credit for people who work but do not earn high incomes. Taxpayers who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax, or even get a tax refund between $475 and $5,891.
“The free tax preparation project provides a critical support service to low-wage earning families and individuals across our region,” said Angela Reynolds, United Way’s director of Programs for Financially Struggling Adults and Families. “Our valued partners and volunteers work hard to provide high quality service so those who need it most can receive their full refund.”