Food Bank for NYC Offers Free Tax Prep to Low-Income Brooklynites

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by Andrea Leonhardt

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet and need help before tax day on Monday, April 15, the Food Bank for New York City is providing low-income New Yorkers with free, full-service tax preparation in Bedford Stuyvesant and Downtown Brooklyn.

The program offers individuals and families the chance to access their full tax credits and refunds, which provide an important boost for many without the added burden of paying for preparation services. This includes the Earned Income Tax Credit, which alone can be worth up to $8,463 for families.

“We’re here to help New Yorkers with limited income save money on filing their taxes and get the maximum refund they are entitled to, said Zac Hall, vice president of programs at Food Bank For NYC. “Food Bank For New York City is proud to have helped tens of thousands of New Yorkers since 2002. In a place as expensive as New York City, low-income families need every resource to pay their bills and put food on the table.”

Families that earned $54,000 or less with dependents and individuals who earned $30,000 or less with no dependents are eligible to receive the services.

The free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites are run by trained professional tax preparers, who complete the full tax return during visits. Centers also offer bilingual tax assistance for non-English speakers, including immigrants without a Social Security Number. In these cases, staff will help them secure an ITN so they can pay their taxes.

To learn more and/or schedule an appointment, visit BKReader