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FREE Tax Prep 2017

It's tax season again! If you want help e-filing your tax return, check out these FREE sites in Syracuse.

Whichever location you choose, be sure to bring your tax documents, a photo ID, and account information (if you want direct deposit of your refund). Plus, bring your savings account number + routing number for a chance to win $25,000 when you enter the SaveYourRefund contest!

Cooperative Federal Northside Office

  • Operated By: LeMoyne College, in partnership with the Northeast Hawley Development Association, Cooperative Federal, and the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility.

  • Where: 800 North Salina Street (Assisi Center), Syracuse, NY 13208

  • When: 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8. Walk-Ins ONLY; first come, first served.

Southwest Community Center

  • Operated By: LeMoyne College, in partnership with the Northeast Hawley Development Association, Cooperative Federal, and the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility.

  • Where: 401 South Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13204

  • When: 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays 2/25, 3/25 and 4/1. Walk-Ins ONLY; first come, first served.

More Tips for a Money Smart Tax Season

  • Don't pay for your own money. If you e-file with direct deposit, your refund will arrive in just 1 to 2 weeks! No fees, no interest, no baloney. All of the VITA sites listed above use e-file, and will help you enroll for direct deposit. At Cooperative Federal, you can arrange a direct deposit into your checking OR savings account. If you really can'’t wait 2 weeks for your refund, you may want to consider applying for a small loan or line of credit – at regular interest rates, not predatory rates! Call 315-473-0242 to speak with a credit specialist at Cooperative Federal.​​

  • Make the most of your refund. Tax refund time is the best time to save toward your financial goals – like a home, a business, or higher education. If homeownership is your goal, Cooperative Federal is now accepting applicants to our Homebuyer Matched Savings Program. First-time homebuyers (those who haven'’t owned a home in 3 years) can get up to $9,500 in matching grants when they save $2,000. The money can then be used toward down payments, closing costs, or other approved purposes. Call Chelsea Colón at (315) 473-0214 to learn more. Income limits and other eligibility criteria apply.

We also offer credit advising, budgeting help, and other financial counseling to help you stay on track and reach your financial goals. A $15 fee gets you 60 minutes on one-on-one help, including a copy of your credit report with credit score; scholarships may also be available to pay your fee. Call our education & counseling department at (315) 476-1451. Cooperative Federal is not responsible for content on third-party websites.