United Way of Erie County, following guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend its free tax preparation offered services through the Erie FREE Taxes program in March as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community.
The organization has worked with committed partners and volunteers to resume free tax preparation through Erie FREE Taxes services since that time. Thanks to the diligent work of staff and site coordinators, United Way is pleased to announce that beginning June 1, 2020 and continuing through July 15, 2020, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will complete 2019 tax returns for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax filers on a limited basis.
Tax filers with 2019 incomes of $56,000 or less can have their 2019 federal, state and local returns prepared for FREE. Face-to-face tax preparation will not be provided. Additionally, an appointment is required to drop off tax documents at a tax site and tax filers must schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-829-5680.
CDC guidelines will be followed including the use of face masks.
The resumption of the Erie FREE Taxes program emphasizes the commitment United Way has to the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in helping individuals and families to move towards financial stability.