Due to high-volume need, there is a limited number of available tax preparation appointments through April 15, 2021. Please review the site list below to learn which tax site locations are still accepting appointments.
The following VITA sites continue to schedule appointments as follows:
Booker T. Washington Center - 1720 Holland Street, Erie, PA By Appointment: 1-888-829-5680
Girard High School - 1135 Lake Street, Girard, PA By Appointment: 1-888-829-5680
John E. Horan Garden Apartments (Drop Off site; Erie Housing Authority residents only) Community Center - 730 Tacoma Rd., Erie, PA By Appointment: 814-454-1266
JFK Center - 2038 Buffalo Rd., Erie, PA By Appointment: 1-888-829-5680
MLK Memorial Center - 312 Chestnut Street, Erie, PA By Appointment: 1-888-829-5680
Do not schedule an appointment if you are experiencing fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscled or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea. Wait until the symptoms are gone and you are feeling better before you call for an appointment.
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 Locationsare 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.
2021 TAX FILING SEASON OVERVIEW
Income Eligibility: If your income is less than $57,000, you may be eligible for free tax preparation services. Volunteer tax preparers complete federal, state, and local tax returns. Tax Sites: “By Appointment Only” unless noted otherwise. January 25, 2021: Tax site locations begin to open. 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: 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. Drop Off tax site. 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: 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
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