Help With Taxes

FOOD BANK’S FREE TAX FILING SERVICE IS BACK!

MINIMAL CONTACT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS & 100% ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE

Food Bank’s Tax Assistance Program provides 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 $8,991 for families. File your taxes safely with Food Bank and take charge of your finances in this uncertain time!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO KNOW:

Important Updates from the IRS

  • INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO E-FILE

    The IRS will open e-filing for all on February 12th. This means that we will start the preparing returns on February 1st, but will not be able to submit returns to IRS until February 12th. This is an IRS rule, not a Food Bank rule.
  • WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR REFUND

    This E-filing delay will also impact the timeline that a client will be expected to receive a refund.

    The IRS says that refunds will take approximately 21 days from the day IRS receives the return.

    Based on this timeline that IRS provided, our clients should start receiving refunds for those first returns processed by beginning of March.

    See IRS Notice here (IR-2021-16): https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/2021-tax-filing-season-begins-feb-12-irs-outlines-steps-to-speed-refunds-during-pandemic

  • TAX DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 17

    The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021.

    Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

    Individual taxpayers do not need to file any forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the May 17 deadline can request a filing extension until Oct. 15 by filing Form 4868

    The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds associated with e-filed returns are issued within 21 days.

    This relief does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021. These payments are still due on April 15.

    For more information, read the official notice from the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-for-individuals-extended-to-may-17-treasury-irs-extend-filing-and-payment-deadline

3 WAYS TO FILE FOR FREE

  • Option 1 - File Remotely
  • Option 2 - Drop-off Locations
  • Option 3 - File Yourself Online

START FILING YOUR TAXES ONLINE TODAY

Check the criteria below first to ensure you’re eligible to file with Food Bank for free 100% online today.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you believe or expect to have taxes due(owe taxes) on your tax return please chose Option 3 FILE YOURSELF ONLINE to get your taxes file today before the May 17th deadline.

YOU’RE ELIGIBLE TO FILE ONLINE IF:

Your income was $57,000 or less.

You have a working email and cell phone number (smart phone is preferred).

You must be able to participate on a short VIDEO CHAT (approx. 5 minutes) with one of our IRS-certified tax preparers for identity verification purposes. Approved video chat apps: FaceTime (iPhone), What’s App (iPhone and Android), or Microsoft Teams (iPhone and Android).

Why file with Food Bank?

It’s completely FREE for eligible filers!!

It’s FAST!! The entire process takes around 7-10 business days – just have your tax documents ready. Find the full list of required tax documents HERE.

It’s SECURE!! We are sponsored and certified by the IRS.

It’s SAFE!! No need to leave your home or have any physical contact with our tax preparers.

START FILING YOUR TAXES ONLINE TODAY

If you’re eligible (see above), start the process to file your taxes and claim your refund today!

Food Bank Drop-off Centers and Community Drop-off sites will be open February 1st.

Client Requirements for these locations:

  • Earn $57,000 or less
  • Make a Drop-Off appointment online – see Drop-Off Centers below to select the best location for you.
    NOTE: due to COVID-19, there are no walk-ins and no in-person sit down services.
  • Bring all necessary documents to your Drop-Off appointment. See orange box below for the Tax Document Checklist
  • Be prepared for Drop-Off services only – most sites are only serving from the sidewalk, with no in-person services.

 

  • Food Bank Drop-off Centers

    You must make an appointment in order to file your taxes at one of our Drop-off Centers. 

  • Community Drop-off Centers

    Find a Community Drop-off site near you.

  • Referral Sites

    Bronx Works Locations

    You must make an appointment in order to file your taxes at one of our Drop-off Centers or one our referral sites. Book your appointment below by first selecting your borough, then selecting a tax site. You will receive a confirmation email and/or text message once your appointment is made. 

    Morris Senior Center

    80 East 181st Street
    Bronx NY, 10453

    Bronx Works Workforce Development Office

    630 Jackson Avenue
    Bronx NY, 10455

    Bronx Works Twin Parks

    365 Ford Street, Unit 4CU
    Bronx NY 10457

    Bronx - PEACH program

    100% remote for clients who live in this zip codes (10458, 10461, 10462, 10463, 10466, 10467, 10468, 10469) in the northern Bronx.

Filing your own taxes online is easy and COMPLETELY FREE (for both Federal and State taxes)! All you need is a computer with internet access. Be sure to check your eligibility below based on your 2020 income! 

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you qualify:

  • Is your adjusted gross income (AGI) $39,000 or less?
  • Were your active duty military in 2020 with an AGI of $72,000 or less?
  • Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

Need Help? Visit a Self-Prep Assistance Site.

Starting February 1st, you can bring your tax documents to one of the sites below. Computers are available and our IRS-certified coaches can guide you through the self-filing process and answer any questions you may have.

Need assistance? Contact our Call Center at 646.981.6111, Monday – Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm, or email us at eitc@foodbanknyc.org.

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