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Need Tax Prep?

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Partners help low-income New Yorkers receive tax refunds they are entitled to under the law. Last year, our volunteers accrued nearly $20 million in tax refunds by volunteering with our four partners and their 50+ tax shifts throughout Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

There are a variety of tax assistance resources available to NYC residents who meet the eligibility requirements. The following sites partner with New York Cares to offer free Volunteer Income Tax Prep (VITA) services:

BRONX

  • Ariva
  • The Bronx Neighborhood Housing Services
  • Bronx Works
  • Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
  • NMIC

BROOKLYN

  • Center For Family Life
  • Grow Brooklyn
  • Restoration Plaza

MANHATTAN

  • Food Bank
  • The Financial Clinic 

QUEENS

  • Chhaya CDC
  • Urban Upbound

STATEN ISLAND

  • Project Hospitality 

Our Sponsors

Thank you to NYC Office of Financial Empowerment for your generous support of our Tax Prep Program.

 

Need Tax Help?

I need tax assistance. How do I find the closest tax site to me?

Here are some resources to help you locate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site near you.

What paperwork do I need to bring to get my taxes done?

Required

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security cards/individual tax identification numbers (ITINs) and birthdates for everyone to be listed on the return
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 forms (from all your employers), 1099 forms (interest, dividends, unemployment), SSA-1099 forms (Social Security and/or retirement income), etc.
  • Health Insurance forms 1095-A (required), 1095-B (required if available), or 1095-C (required if available).

Note: If you are filing jointly with your spouse, you both must be present to electronically file and get your return faster

Recommended

  • Bank account number and routing number
  • A copy of last year’s tax return

Additional Tax Information/Forms

Depending upon your situation, you might need to bring the following types of information:

  • If you worked and/or received unemployment: W-2, 1099 (1099-MISC, 1099-G, etc.)
  • If you were on Social Security or if you received retirement income: SSA-1099, 1099-R
  • If you had savings accounts, mutual funds, etc.: 1099-INT, 1099-DIV
  • If you had any other forms of income: W-2G (for gambling winnings), documentation of income
  • If you paid for health care through the marketplace (healthcare.gov or wahealthplanfinder.org): 1095A
  • If you paid for child care: name, address and tax identification number of the child care provider
  • If you paid student loans: 1098-E
  • If you attended a higher-education institution: 1098-T, documentation of tuition
  • If you owned a home: 1098, documentation of mortgage interest and property taxes paid
  • If you owned your own business: documentation of business income, business expenses and mileage
How can I find out the status of my refund?

If you are looking for the status of your refund or need to respond to a letter from the IRS, click here for more information.

What should I do if I receive a letter from the IRS requesting more information, after I've already filed my taxes?

The Department of Taxation and Finance provides these steps to help you respond to your letter. 

I'm interested in preparing my own taxes this year. Any advice?

If you made less than $66,000 last year, there's a free online tax preparation software available to you. Learn more here

Interested in Partnering?

If you are interested in becoming a New York Cares Tax Prep Community Partner, receiving trained New York Cares volunteers at your site, or learning more about how we serve our tax partners email us at tax.prep@newyorkcares.org.

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