Tax Preparation

United Means of Broome County Publicizes Free Native Tax Preparation Service | WIVT

Posted: Feb 4, 2021 / 1:31 pm EST
Updated: February 4, 2021 / 1:31 p.m. EST

United Way of Broome County and 211 Susquehanna River Region are pleased to announce their partnership with Broome County DSS, which provides free tax preparation services to residents through the IRS-approved VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax program.

As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, IRS-certified volunteers offer qualified individuals a free basic income tax return with electronic filing.

If you earn less than $ 66,000, you may be eligible for free tax returns and qualify for Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Working with our community partners and VITA sites, we provide free tax preparation assistance to low-income residents to help them maximize available credit and get tax refunds.

In 2019, we mobilized volunteer tax advisors to prepare over 1,540 tax returns.

Through our partnership, we have helped local individuals and families receive a total of $ 2,647,432 in tax refunds, with additional estimated savings of over $ 401,940 in tax preparation costs for attendees (based on IRS estimates).

The total value made available to the community was $ 3,251,158 when the savings in tax preparation fees, refunds, and real estate and time were combined.

COVID-19 security protocols have been implemented to ensure social distancing and limited contact with tax issuers.

Admission appointments are agreed and tax information is obtained at admission appointments. IRS specialists prepare tax returns that will be processed at a later date.

Taxpayers are given a designated day and time to return to the VITA website to collect their copy of their income tax return and tax information.

In addition, taxpayers also have the option of filing free tax for income up to $ 66,000 at This service is absolutely FREE.


Residents can qualify for a free tax calculation if their total household income is less than $ 66,000.

Residents must also work and live in New York state, have no rental income, and have no state income other than New York.


Make an appointment at one of our various locations by visiting or calling 211.

Find out if you qualify for the free service from a series of questions, and easily sign up for a 20-minute appointment. Pick-up dates will be agreed during this time.


Dates are planned from January 27, 2021 to April 13, 2021. Locations include United Way of Broome County and the Broome County Career & Community Services Center on Oakdale Mall.

The date and time vary depending on your location. Make sure you bring all the necessary papers with you. Masks must be worn at all times during the deadlines.

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