Tax Assistance Programs
Programs like VITA can help New Yorkers file their taxes for free. Check out our listings for assistance with various other services related to taxes.
You may be eligible for no charge Federal and State Income Tax preparation from one of NYC Free Tax Prep sites operated by the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection. These tax preparation sites are staffed by trained and certified volunteers. They can handle most tax returns, deductions, and schedules by providing the following two types of services:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for people who generally made up to $56,000 or families who made $80,000 a year, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
VITA can help with claiming unclaimed Stimulus payments, Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Dependent Care Credit, and other tax programs.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
Please visit www.nyc.gov/taxprep for more information NYC Free Tax Prep program and to find a VITA provider.