STATEN ICELAND, NY – In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) / Elderly Tax Advice (TCE) is offering residents free “contactless” tax filing assistance through April 15.
The program, which is certified by the IRS, allows Staten Islanders to claim their state and federal tax refunds at a time when many are struggling.
The “contactless” process works in three ways: document submission, virtual or individuals can prepare their taxes themselves.
Those who earned $ 68,000 or less with dependents or $ 48,000 or less without dependents in 2020 are eligible for the service.
Anyone who opts for a virtual appointment needs access to a computer, smartphone or technology with Wi-Fi. Individuals meet for an hour or two with an IRS-certified VITA preparer using Webex video conferencing. With this option, individuals can upload their tax documents with DropBox and sign their names with Docusign.
The second option allows individuals to submit their tax documents in one of three locations on Staten Island. Once their documents have been submitted, an admissions worker uploads the documents to an IRS-certified VITA creator and then receives a call for confirmation.
The locations are:
- The Stapleton Help Center is located Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 514 Bay St.
- The Port Richmond Help Center at 221 Herberton Ave is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- El Centra del Inmigrante is located at 260 Port Richmond Ave and is open Monday through Saturday from 7am to 12pm
The final opinion is that individuals can upload their own tax documents through an online platform with an IRS certified preparer available to answer questions.
Project Hospitality can also provide support. To schedule an appointment for a free tax preparation in NYC, go to ProjectHospitality.org and search for “free tax preparation.” Users can specify how they want to file their taxes.
An appointment can also be made by calling 718 420 6466 or 718 273 6737.