The 2021 tax season runs from January 19 to May 17 thanks to an extension by the Biden administration. If your family received less than $57,000 in 2020, you may be eligible for our free preparation assistance service.
Every year, Just Harvest helps low-income households file their income tax return and maximize their tax refund. Launched in 2003, Just Harvest’s free IRS-certified tax return preparation service is now one of the largest in the entire state. It is typically available at four Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in Allegheny County.
Just Harvest also manages the Free Tax Preparation Coalition (sponsored by United Way of Southwestern PA), which provides free income tax return preparation throughout the region.
Many low-income people are eligible for tax credits and other refunds when they file their yearly tax return. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs and can increase a family’s annual income by as much as 45 percent. In 2014, the EITC brought over $167 million to 80,161 Allegheny County families.
Unfortunately, many people do not know about the tax credits they are entitled to, or lose much of their refunds to commercial tax preparers in preparation fees and advance refund loans. We are committed to the idea that tax refund money should be kept by low-income workers and their families, not swallowed up by tax preparation fees.
In our record-breaking 2019 tax season, we completed 3,200+ returns and refunded $6.25+ million to low-income families! Of this, roughly $2.7 million was through the EITC and $1.7 million through Child Care Tax Credits. This fantastic work was made possible by 98 volunteers donating nearly 5,700 hours of service.
For those served, these tax refunds helped put food on the table, pay off debt, make rent or mortgage payments, and pay for heat and electricity during Pittsburgh’s winter months.
How to get free tax help safely during the pandemic
All of our hybrid tax appointments have been filled for 2021. Please select from the following options for filing your 2020 taxes.