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.
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. GECAC runs the only walk-in tax preparation site in Erie County.
Tax Preparation has ended for 2020.
Beginning June 1, 2020, and continuing through July 15, 2020, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will complete 2019 tax returns for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax filers on a limited basis.
Tax filers with 2019 incomes of $56,000 or less can have their 2019 federal, state, and local returns prepared by drop-off only.
Face-to-face tax preparation will not be provided.
An appointment is required to drop off tax documents at GECAC and tax filers must schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-829-5680.
CDC guidelines will be followed including the use of face masks.
GECAC's VITA program is offered through the Erie Free Taxes 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.
Use this list to help you get organized to file your taxes If you're getting free help filing your taxes in person, make sure you bring photo identification for all adults in your household.
18 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Individuals and families with a household income of $56,000 or less.
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