2022 Erie FREE Taxes Filing Season Opens January 24
United Way Erie volunteer income tax assistance initiative offers free tax prep to low- to moderate-income families
If you've ever filed your own taxes before, you'll know the experience can be taxing — and perhaps you'd hoped for happier returns.
For a 15th season, the United Way Erie FREE Taxes program will offer complimentary tax preparation services to Erie County tax filers at or below a certain income threshold — this year eligibility applies to those with a 2021 household income of $57,000 or less. Interested tax filers are encouraged and required to make an appointment by calling 1-888-829-5680 (do not call local United Way offices directly). Appointments are first-come, first-served. Upon acceptance, filers will be able to choose from drop-off, face-to-face, or fully remote tax preparation services at any one of 17 Erie FREE site locations across Erie County. (Note that most sites are designated face-to-face or drop-off only.)
The tax preparers at each Erie FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site will emphasize helping you or your family claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), intended for low- to moderate-income workers. Alternatively, tax filers can prepare and submit their own federal and state tax returns through MyFreeTaxes, a free web-based app with no income limit to use.
Current Erie County Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and CDC guidelines for mask-wearing and social distancing will be followed at each Erie FREE Taxes Vita site.