Tax Services :

Free VITA Tax Preparation in Western New York

Get Your Federal and State Taxes e-filed for FREE

Free Tax Preparation -
EASY MONEY back in your pocket!

Get Your Federal and State Taxes e-filed for FREE (if income was $57,000 or less) - You may also be eligible for over $6,000 in refunds in Earned Income Tax Credits.

We will be offering our FREE tax preparation service VIRTUALLY this year, but with the requirement of visiting one of our "Drop-Off" sites for a brief initial appointment where you will complete intake and consent forms, and provide us with your necessary tax documents and photo identification. Your tax return will then be assigned to a volunteer tax preparer where the return will be completed remotely within 1 week. We will then ask that you to return to the Drop-Off site location the following week to finalize the filing of your return, obtain signatures to e-file the return, and obtain a paper copy.

CALL 712-2060 for available Dates/Times to drop off your documents. For your planning purposes, your intake appointment may take approximately 20-30 minutes.
For COVID-19 safety protocols, we ask that you wear a protective facial covering to your intake appointment and ensure that you can answer "have not" to the CDC screening questions "Have you experienced: (1) COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days."

When and Where?

Lockport Public Library
23 East Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094 | MAP IT

Pinnacle Community Services
1522 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305 | MAP IT

CALL 712-2060 for Appointments and available Dates/Times

What to Bring:
  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099- Misc) from all employers
  • Form 1099-G for New York State Unemployment Payments (New York State does not mail these statements. You must request this form from New York either:
    • Online at : www.labor.ny.gov/signin
    • Or by calling: 1-888-209-8124
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • All forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) - 2021 Tax Year

Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

  • $51,464 ($57,414 if Married Filing Jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $47,915 ($53,865 if Married Filing Jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $42,158 ($48,108 if Married Filing Jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $21,430 ($27,380 if Married Filing Jointly) with no qualifying child

Tax Year 2021 maximum credit:

  • $6,728 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,980 with two qualifying children
  • $3,618 with one qualifying child
  • $1,502 with no qualifying child

You can also visit "MYFREETAXES.COM" to do your taxes on your own for free!

QUESTIONS? - CALL 712-2060

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