Free Tax Help Available

Does the phrase “Tax Preparation” cause you anxiety and make you question your ability to add Lines A-D and then subtract that sum from Line E?  Well, take a deep breath—help is available.


FREE tax preparation programs around the Capital Region are currently being co-sponsored by non-profits to offer help to individuals and families with annual incomes below $50,000. Numerous agencies and community groups are hosting these services. Dial 2-1-1 to find a site close to you. Also, to check your availability for Earned Income Tax Credit and other savings visit http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/.

Benefits of these tax preparation services:
  • FREE tax preparation services from IRS-certified volunteer preparers
  • 10 day turn-around on refunds with direct deposit
  • Savings bonds available
  • Convenient locations with flexible hours
To bring with you to an appointment:
  • Photo identification for the person filing the tax return
  • W-2, 1099 and other IRS forms where appropriate
  • Bank account information and routing numbers for direct deposit
  • 2010 tax return (if available)
  • 2008 and 2010 tax returns if you received the 2008 first-time homebuyer credit
  • Social Security card for each person listed on your tax form
  • Childcare documentation
  • Unemployment forms