Residents Can Have Taxes Done for Free at Southside, CCAC Boyce and New Hill District Tax Site
Just Harvest, the Southside-headquartered nonprofit organization that has worked since 1986 to end hunger and poverty in our region, will offer its annual free tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families at three Allegheny County sites from January 9 until April 17, 2012.
As a lead partner in the United Way of Allegheny County’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition, Just Harvest joins several other agencies and organizations including United Cerebral Palsy, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Family Resources, and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania in providing IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services. In addition to sites at Just Harvest’s Southside headquarters and Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus in Monroeville, the organization is coordinating a new tax prep site at Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Avenue, Hill District.
Families with incomes up to $40,000 or individuals with income up to $20,000 qualify for the free tax preparation. Tax clients can receive their refunds in as little as nine days. Those who do not have bank accounts may receive their refunds on a PNC Bank-issued electronic debit card at no charge.
Last year, Just Harvest completed 2,326 returns among three county tax sites. Clients at those sites received a total of $4.6 million in tax refunds. Benefits that clients received under the Earned Income Tax Credit – an important resource that lifts more households out of poverty than any other program – accounted for over $2 million.
If you have received your W-2 forms, starting Monday, January 9 you may schedule an appointment at any of the sites operated by Just Harvest, or at another Money in Your Pocket Coalition-operated site near you. Find site details at www.pghfreetaxes.org or by calling PA 2-1-1 Southwest (dial “211” or 412-255-1155). Weekend and evening appointments are available.
Just Harvest is a membership organization which promotes economic justice and works to influence public policy and to educate, empower, and mobilize the citizens of our community toward the elimination of hunger and poverty. Read more at www.justharvest.org and Facebook.com/JustHarvest