December 28, 2021 Free Tax Return Preparation in Allegheny County The Free Tax Preparation Coalition (sponsored by United Way of Southwestern PA), which provides free income tax return preparation throughout the region, will begin taking appointments in January 2022. About the Free Tax Preparation Coalition Every year, Free Tax Preparation Coalition helps low-income households file their income tax return and maximize their tax refund. 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. Virtual tax preparation and hybrid tax preparation options will be available to help families safely file their taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule an Appointment Appointments can be scheduled by calling 2-1-1 or by self scheduling on the 211 website starting in mid January. Virtual tax prep will also be available at GetYourRefund.org in late January. More details will be available soon on the Just Harvest website. Just Harvest is a leading member of the Free Tax Preparation Coalition. Volunteer Opportunities With the expanded tax credits in 2021, more families than ever will need access to free and reliable tax preparation. Volunteer shifts start at three hours per week. In-person and remote opportunities are available, and free tax training is provided to all volunteers. There is a need Spanish/English bilingual preparers to serve the area’s growing Hispanic population. There also are opportunities for volunteers to greet taxpayers as they arrive for their appointment and help to give them a positive experience. Visit Just Harvest’s volunteer registration website to view available volunteer shifts.