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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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For the many families living paycheck to paycheck, understanding what programs and tax credits are available during tax season is critical in obtaining a full tax refund – something that goes a long way in a family's annual budget.

Our Impact

GECAC's staff train to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers each year. Last year, GECAC filed 580 tax returns for free, which returned more than $1 million to low-income families. 

Overview

If your 2021 income was $57,000 or less, you can have your taxes prepared through GECAC's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  VITA works to ensure that eligible tax filers receive all their tax credits and deductions, including the Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credit, and Child Care tax deductions.

All tax preparation and filings are FREE. Tax preparers are IRS-certified.

There are two ways you can drop off your tax information and tax documents at GECAC's headquarters 1) Walk-In-no appointment necessary 2) Call to schedule an appointment.

  • You must wear a mask to enter the building.
  • Tax preparers will make sure that they have all of your information before you leave.
  • A tax preparer will call you when your taxes are complete. You will return to GECAC's headquarters to sign your documents and your taxes will then be submitted.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GECAC will not be preparing your tax filing in person while you wait. 

Walk-In Dates and Times:

January 24, 2022 - April 7, 2022
**Tax office closed March 21st

Mondays 9 AM - 3 PM
Tuesdays 9 AM - 3 PM
Wednesdays 9 AM - 3 PM
Thursdays 9 AM - 3 PM
Fridays CLOSED

Schedule an Appointment:
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1-888-829-5680

GECAC Tax Drop Off Location

GECAC Headquarters
18 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501

What You Need to Bring with You

Use this list to help you get organized to file your taxes.  

  • Proof of identification
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse, and dependents (if applicable)
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
  • Statements related to tuition or student loan interest (if applicable)
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

Enrollment

Individuals and families with a household income of $57,000 or less.

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Request More Info

Deirdre Tate
Program Director
814-459-4581 Ext. 410
dtate@gecac.org