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FREE Tax Prep 2019

It's tax season again! Anyone who made less than $55,000 in 2018 qualifies to get their taxes prepared for free.

Pro Tip: 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 and routing number for a chance to win $30,000 when you enter the SaveYourRefund contest!

Find a Local VITA Tax Prep Sites

There are several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout the region, with various dates and times:

  • PEACE, Inc: ShoppingTown Mall, Community Wing | 3649 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt | January 15, 2019 — April 15, 2019 
    • Hours (Appointments Only (Walk-ins - call prior for availability)):
      • Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
      • Wednesdays 12:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
      • Thursdays 12:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.
      • Saturdays 10:00 a.m.— 6:00 p.m.

  • 1199 SEIU | 250 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse | January 22, 2019—April 15, 2019
    • Hours (Appointments Only):
      • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 5:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
      • Saturdays 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. 

  • JOBSplus! | County Office Building 600 S. State St., 4th Floor, Syracuse | January 15, 2019—April 15, 2019
    • Hours:
      • Mondays—Fridays: 8:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m. (English and Vietnamese)
      • FSA Site: Mondays—Fridays: 12:30 p.m.—3:00 p.m. Appointments Only 

Click here for the full 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. 
    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. 


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