Free Income Tax Services
LOOKING FOR TAX ASSISTANCE?
Launched in 2002, Food Bank’s Tax Assistance & Financial Services Program provides hard-working low-income New Yorkers with free tax preparation services, helping them get the refunds and credits to which they are entitled, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—a key piece of the public safety net, which alone can be worth up to $8,426 for families.
One of the largest programs of its type in the country, Food Bank's Tax Assistance & Financial Services Program completed more than 50,000 tax returns for New York City's working poor in 2014— helping to bring more than $85 million in tax refunds and credits back to struggling New Yorkers as well as our local economy. Every year nearly 300 certified volunteer tax preparers donate their time through our tax program.
With our flagship Tax and Financial Service center located at 114th street in Harlem, and over 16 standing tax preparation sites, Food Bank has also expanded our reach in all five boroughs. In 2014, we launched a virtual tax filing program that enables a client’s taxes to be prepared and filed remotely at small intake sites in communities where a large tax site is not feasible. In 2015, we have expanded our virtual program, offering 100 virtual sites, enabling busy hard working New Yorkers with more convenient ways to file their returns for free.
Since the program’s inception, Food Bank’s free tax services have secured more than $800 million in tax refunds for our clients. In addition, Food Bank's Tax Assistance & Financial Services Program helps to empower New Yorkers toward greater economic self-sufficiency by providing eligible households with access to bank accounts, affordable health insurance information and SaveUSA accounts — a savings incentive program offered in limited locations in New York City.
Thanks to our supporters:
- New York City Department of Consumer Affairs / Office of Financial Empowerment
- Robin Hood
- Single Stop USA
- New York City Council
- The Altman Foundation
- Citi Community Development
- Internal Revenue Service
- Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation
- JPMorgan Chase
- The Mayor’s Fund for New York City / Social Innovation Fund
- New York State Department of Health
- Capital One Bank
- Cathay Bank
- Mizuho Bank USA
- Concordia Foundation
And special thanks to our partners:
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Bronx Community College
- Carver Bank
- College of Staten Island
- Kingsborough Community College
- LaGuardia Community College
- Queensborough Community College
- St. John’s University
- Santander Bank
To find out if you qualify for our services please contact Ileana Hernandez, Operations Manager, EITC. For more information about volunteering with our tax program please contact Rachel Franz, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.