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Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact

Free Tax Preparation Program

The Alternatives Free Tax Preparation Program will be open January 17 to April 15, 2015. 

Don't pay high fees to get your own refund. If you are single and earn less than $35,000 or a family earning under $53,000, we can prepare your Federal and State Income Tax Returns. Find out if you qualify here.

MAIN LOCATION — Alternatives Federal Credit Union
WHEN: January 17 - April 15, 2015
TIMES: Tuesdays: 10:00 - 1:00 PM, and 3:00 - 8:00 PM

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 3:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

DRYDEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 2 North St. (Corner Rts. 38 & 13)
WHEN: Jan. 31, Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4
TIME: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

BROOKTONDALE COMMUNITY CENTER: 524 Valley Rd.
WHEN: Feb. 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 6
TIMES: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

GROTON TCA HEAD START & COMMUNITY CAFE: 110 Sykes St.
WHEN: Jan. 22, Feb. 5 & 19, March 5 & 19, April 2
TIMES: 2:00 - 6:00 PM

NEWFIELD HIGH SCHOOL: 247 Main St. 
WHEN: Jan. 29, Feb. 12 & 26, March 2 & 26, April 9
TIMES: 3:30 - 7:30 PM

For general information, please call 216-3443.

To make an appointment: If you live in Tompkins or Cortland counties, call 2-1-1 Monday-Friday 9:00 - 5:00 PM. If you live outside those counties, call 1-877-211-8667.

If you are comfortable working with tax software and want to try filing on your own, or if we have referred you here in the past, you can use our Facilitated Self Assistance partner at http://www.myfreetaxes.com/  Your federal and state returns will be free as long as your income is $60,000 or less.  Links to this site will also be available during our normal VITA hours here at Alternatives, so you can use our equipment and get help with any questions you might have.

NOTE: If you are self-employed (Sch. C or received a 1099-MISC), please fill out our self-employed worksheet before calling 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment.

More About the Community Tax Program
Alternatives' Community Tax Program has been offering free tax preparation services since 2003.  To date we've prepared over 10,000 tax returns for working families and individuals and returne
d over $18 million in refunds to our local community.

Our goal is to help all eligible workers claim the
credits they deserve (without paying high fees) and to help them turn those refunds into financial assets.

You can learn more about getting free tax assistance or volunteering  from our website, or call 216-3459 for more information. 

To help us spread the word, see our outreach page.

Free Tax Prep is supported by the Internal Revenue Service, Tompkins County Legislature, Community Foundation of Tompkins County's "2-year grants, Magnified Results (
through the generosity of The Community Impact Fund of The Community Foundation and The Community Foundation's Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund), the Empire Justice Center, New York Credit Union Foundation, UAW Local 2300, United Way-Youth and Philanthropy Program, and gifts to Alternatives Impact, the 501(c)3 affiliate of Alternatives FCU.

 

 

 

 

 

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