United Way Erie FREE Taxes is an IRS-supervised program that provides free tax preparation service to eligible individuals and families in a variety of Erie County locations. Erie FREE Taxes also helps low to moderate wage earners claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Erie FREE Taxes tax site locations are staffed by trained and IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers.Tax returns are electronically filed. With Direct Deposit, refunds are typically received within 10-21 days after the return is accepted by the IRS.
TO MAKE AN ERIE FREE TAXES APPOINTMENT, YOU MUST CALL 1-888-829-5680 Please do not call United Way offices regarding Erie FREE Taxes appointment scheduling.
This year appointments are expected to fill up quickly and will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.
2021 TAX FILING SEASON OVERVIEW
Income Eligibility: If your income is less than $57,000, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services. Tax Sites: Sites are By Appointment Only unless otherwise noted. Site information is below. Opening of EFT Filing Season: January 24, 2022 Tax Site Safety Precautions: Steps will be taken at every tax site location to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please see below for complete details. Additional Filing Options: See below for additional virtual filing options.
In addition to face-to-face tax filing sessions with qualified volunteer tax preparers,Erie FREE Taxes offers3additional filing options: Drop Off service, free online self-preparation tax filing, and remote tax filing service.
Drop Off Service: The Drop Off process allows tax filers to drop off their tax documents at a designated VITA site location and return later to review and sign their completed tax returns. Benefits of Drop Off Service:
No appointment needed
No waiting for tax returns to be completed
Convenient for tax filers with busy schedules
Estimated length of time forcompletion of tax returns: 5-7 business days
To schedule a Drop Off appointment call: 1-888-829-5680
MyFreeTaxes (MFT): a free, easy-to-use, interview-based online tax prep software program that allows tax filers to prepare and transmit their own federal and state tax returns.
Benefits of MyFreeTaxes:
No income limit
Free, easy to use
Convenient-prepare tax returns at home, office, or wherever a secure internet connection and computer are available
Saves cost of purchasing commercial tax prep software programs
Great for filers with simple returns, college students, single filers, part-time workers, individuals with disabilities, regardless of age
Virtual VITA: Virtual VITA is an alternate method of filing taxes that does not require any face-to-face contact between filer and preparer. All interaction is conducted through a secure IRS designed client portal.
Benefits of Virtual VITA:
Provides another alternative to filers who have a computer or smartphone, and an email address
Digital equipmentthat enables filers to take pictures of, or scan and save, tax documents
Skills needed to send or upload digital documents and forms, or pictures of the documents and forms over the internet to a secure document
To schedule a Virtual VITAappointment call: 1-888-829-5680