Free Tax Return Preparation

The 2021 tax season ran from January 19 to May 17 thanks to an extension by the Biden administration. The Just Harvest tax sites are closed until 2022.

orange arrowNeed help receiving the expanded Child Tax Credit? Appointments for residents of Allegheny County are available to help you file your tax return, prepare a Non-Filers form, or make updates to your payment methods or personal information. Visit www.JustHarvest.org/CTC to learn more and schedule. You can also schedule by calling 412-431-8960 and choosing the “tax help” option, or emailing us at taxhelp@justharvest.org

orange arrowIf you need other forms of tax assistance, you can get virtual tax help from other VITA sites or file your own return through MyFreeTaxes. Both services will be available through the end of October 2021. Just Harvest tax sites will reopen in late January 2022.

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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 2019, the EITC brought over $2 billion to 890,000 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 reach taxpayers during the coronavirus pandemic, we developed a virtual tax preparation program for our 2019 and 2020 tax seasons. Since the pandemic began, we have completed 4200+ 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 after the filing season

Just Harvest tax sites are closed until next year, but you can still get assistance through these options:

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Need a copy of your tax records or prior year AGI?

If Just Harvest did your taxes, then we can provide you with that info. 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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