Tax Preparation

Free digital tax preparation for some Central Pa. Individuals, households

Working families and low-to-middle-income individuals in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties can receive free virtual tax preparation services through April 15 through a new Contactless Tax program.

Touch-free taxes can be made from a computer, tablet or smartphone, connecting clients with trained volunteers who prepare their taxes for free through the Internal Revenue Service’s VITA (Volunteer Tax Income Assistance) program, which caters to low-income families With help filling out federal and state declarations and receiving tax credits, according to a press release.

This year, people who earned wages less than $ 57,000 may be eligible for assistance.

Touch-Free Taxes is part of the Money in Your Pocket campaign, a joint collaboration of organizations that work for the economic stability of local families. The program, led by United Way of the Capital Region, aims to increase the use of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). The EITC is a tax refund offered by the federal government to supplement wages for low-income workers.

In addition to hands-free taxes, Money in Your Pocket and United Way Worldwide also offer unsupported tax preparation through MyFreeTaxes.com. Visit www.myfreetaxes.com for more information.

“The pandemic has caused us to rethink and revise our tax program this year,” said Heidi Neuhaus, director of the United Way of the Capital Region’s volunteer center. “With health and safety in mind, we developed the Touch-Free Taxes program to offer our customers virtual tax preparation.”

For the 2019 tax year, volunteers filed 3,698 tax returns, which resulted in more than $ 3 million being returned to local families. The “Money in Your Pocket” campaign program is funded by the US Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the PNC Bank, according to a press release.

For more information on hands-free taxes or having money in your pocket, visit www.uwcr.org/miyp. You can also email miyp@uwc.org or call 717.724.4077.

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