File Your Taxes with NYC Free Tax Prep

NYC Free Tax Prep Service Options

The filing deadline (Tax Day) was May 17, 2021. However, you can still file your 2020 tax return for free with NYC Free Tax Prep if you meet income requirements. NYC Free Tax Prep providers can help you claim important tax credits including the Child Tax Credit. More sites will be added, please check this webpage often. Note: If you owe the government money, be aware that late filing and/or late payment penalties may apply.

Please click or press the enter key on a service option to learn more. You can also use our guide to find which NYC Free Tax Prep service is best for you. For all options, make sure to review checklist of documents you need to file your taxes

IMPORTANT: In Person Tax Prep and Drop-off Service have limited capacity. Use Self-Prep with Help or Virtual Tax Prep to save time.

Self-Prep with Help

Self-Prep with Help (or Assisted Self-Prep) is a safe and reliable online tax prep service. Do your own taxes with easy-to-use tax filing software but contact a volunteer preparer for help when needed.

Food Bank for New York City
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Language(s): English and Spanish
Tax Filing Website: foodbanknyc.org/file-your-taxes-for-free-with-turbo-tax using TurboTax.
Tax Filing Help: Call 646-981-6111 to make an appointment.
Additional Information: This service is available to filers with incomes up to $39,000.

Virtual Tax Prep

Virtual Tax Prep is a safe and reliable online tax prep service. An IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteer preparer will:

  • help you file your 2020 tax return during a 60-90 minute virtual call;
  • use a secure digital system to manage your tax documents;
  • answer your tax questions.

The following information is for virtual appointments only. Please do not arrive in person.

Ariva
Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Language(s): English and Spanish
Schedule Appointment: Email info@ariva.org to make an appointment.
Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

Urban Upbound
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Language(s): English, Spanish
Schedule Appointment: Visit uutax.org or email Vita@urbanupbound.org or call 718-784-0877 to make an appointment.
Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

Drop-off Service

Drop-off Service locations are limited this year, we encourage filers with internet access to consider the above online service options—Virtual Tax Prep and Self-Prep. At an NYC Free Tax Prep site for drop-off service, you can drop off your tax documents and pick up the completed return later. Filers must follow New York State health guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing appropriately during visit. Sites may conduct screenings or have additional requirements. Open map to find your nearest NYC Free Tax Prep site.

In-Person Tax Prep

In-Person Tax Prep locations are limited this year, we encourage filers with internet access to consider the above online service options—Virtual Tax Prep and Self-Prep. At an NYC Free Tax Prep site for in-person tax prep, knowledgeable IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers will sit down with you to complete an accurate tax return. Sessions take a minimum of 30 minutes. Filers must follow New York State health guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing appropriately during visit. Sites may conduct screenings or have additional requirements. Open map to find your nearest NYC Free Tax Prep site.


Additional Information

  • You have rights when using a tax preparer. Learn more.
  • The IRS provides tax filers with many helpful resources. Learn more at irs.gov.
  • Did you use an NYC Free Tax Prep site to file your taxes? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #FreeTaxPrep.


Updated 07/19/2021