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FREE Tax Prep 2018

It's tax season again!  Anyone who has made less than $54,000 in 2017 qualifies to get their taxes prepared for free. If you want help e-filing your tax return, check out our FREE tax site at North Salina Street.

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 $30,000 when you enter the SaveYourRefund contest!

Cooperative Federal Office, 800 North Salina Street

  • Operated By: LeMoyne College, in partnership with NEDHA and Cooperative Federal.

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

  • When: 9 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14. Walk-Ins ONLY; first come, first served.

More VITA Tax Prep Sites

There are several VITA sites throughout the region with various dates and times. Click here for a list of sites. Please note that some are by appointment only.


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 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 of 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. 

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