“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
–James A. Baldwin
The face of hunger has evolved and more often includes the working poor. Food Bank’s Tax Assistance and Financial Services Program seeks to help New Yorkers in need transition from surviving to their best version of thriving. Limited income in a city of rapidly rising costs can cause a family to make tough choices in their quest to make ends meet. Our suite of tax programming services seeks to increase the capacity of soup kitchens and pantries to change the landscape of services and assistance available to the most vulnerable.
By participating in our program, community based organizations may provide low-income New Yorkers with free tax preparation services, helping them get the refunds and credits to which they are entitled. This includes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which alone can be worth up to $8,463 for families.
You Earned It. Food Bank Will Help You Claim It.
You’re eligible for Food Bank’s Free Income Tax Services if you:
Claiming your EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit):
More information on when and how to file coming December 2017!
1 VITA is Food Bank For New York City’s free citywide tax assistance and financial services program.
Having the items below with you when you visit one of our tax assistance sites will help our IRS-certified tax preparers provide you with the fullest refund and all the credits for which you are eligible. We recommend that you print this page to use as a checklist when collecting these items.
Tax Preparation Checklist
*NOTE: copies of past-year tax returns are not accepted as proof of SSN.
Food Bank provides free tax preparation services through our network of providers. Check back in December 2017 for an updated list of participating sites and updated instructions on how to make appointments.