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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Issue

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. 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.

What You Need to Bring with You

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.

  • 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

GECAC Tax Preparation Location

GECAC Headquarters
18 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501

Tax Schedule at GECAC

  • Walk-in Tax Preparation: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am-11 am; 1 pm-3 pm, starting January 21, 2020, ending Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
  • Drop-off Tax Preparation: Monday through Thursday, 9 am-3 pm, starting Tuesday, January 21, 2020, ending Thursday, April 9, 2020.


Individuals and families with a household income of $56,000 or less.

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Deirdre Tate
Program Director
814-459-4581 Ext. 410