Free Tax Return Preparation

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Just Harvest’s 2022 tax season runs from January 24 to April 18.

In-person and virtual tax preparation are available this tax season.  Our free services are for families who made up to $58,000 and individuals who made up to $38,000 in 2021. 

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File your taxes in 2022 to get what you’re owed

Eligibility for key tax credits changed in 2021. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) were temporarily expanded to benefit more households during the pandemic. Families with children may now qualify for the Child Tax Credit even if they didn’t work in 2021 or don’t usually file a tax return. The Earned Income Tax Credit has also been expanded to include more workers over age 18. 

  • You must file a 2021 tax return to claim either the CTC or the EITC. Families who already received monthly CTC payments still need to file a 2021 tax return to receive the remaining half of the credit.

Were you eligible for payments in 2020 or 2021 that you didn’t receive, or received the wrong amount? Missed stimulus or Child Tax Credit payments from 2021 can be claimed on your 2021 tax return. We can also help you claim missed stimulus payments from 2020. It’s not too late to receive the credits you are eligible for! Scroll down or click here for tax preparation options.


About our Free Tax Prep Program

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 2020, the EITC brought over $2 billion to 885,000 families in Pennsylvania.

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.

To continue offering tax prep during the pandemic, we are in our third year of offering a virtual option. Since the pandemic began, we have completed 4,200+ returns and refunded $9.48+ million to low-income families! Of this, over $3.35 million was through the EITC. This fantastic work was made possible by volunteers donating over 10,000 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 in 2022

Please select from the following options for filing your 2021 taxes:

File taxes with help

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Have your taxes prepared virtually
Learn if this option is right for you

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Schedule an in-person appointmentTo schedule an appointment with us, contact the United Way Resource Navigators:

File taxes myself

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Interested in doing your own taxes?
Learn if this option is right for you

Ask a question

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Get your tax-related questions answered
Learn more at GetYourRefund.org

Need a copy of your tax records?

If Just Harvest did your taxes in a previous year, we can get you copies of your tax records or prior year AGIs. Please call (412) 431-8960 x212 or send an email to taxhelp@justharvest.org. You can also go towww.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript to obtain an online transcript of your tax returns from the IRS.

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