125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU      Contact

Free Tax Preparation Program

It’s your money. Why not keep it?

If you are single and earn less than $35,000 or a family earning under $54,000, we can prepare your Federal and State Income Tax Returns. Find out if you qualify

Alternatives' Free Tax Preparation Program will be open January 16 - April 15, 2016.

Main location
— Alternatives Federal Credit Union
When: January 16 - April 15, 2016
Times: Tuesdays: 10:00am - 1:00pm, and 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Dryden United Methodist Church: 2 North St. (Corner Rts. 38 & 13)
When: January 30; February 13 and 27; March 12 and 26; April 9
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Brooktondale Community Center: 524 Valley Rd.
When: Feburary 1 and 15; March 7 and 21; April 4
Monday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Groton TCA Head Start and Community Cafe: 110 Sykes St.
When: January 21; February 4 and 18; March 3, 17 and 31
Thursday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Newfield High School: 247 Main St. 
When: January 28; February 11 and 25; March 10 and 24; April 7
Thursday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

For general information, please call (607) 216-3443.

To make an appointment: If you live in Tompkins or Cortland counties, call 2-1-1 Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. If you live outside those counties, call toll free 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 $62,000 or less. Links to this site will also be available during our normal Free Tax Preparation Program 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 Free Tax Preparation Program
Alternatives' Free Tax Preparation Program has been offering free tax preparation services since 2003. We have prepared over 17,000 tax returns for working families and individuals and returne
d over $32 million in refunds to our community.

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

You can learn more about getting free tax assistance or volunteering from our website, or call (607) 216-3459 for more information. 

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

Alternatives' Free Tax Preparation Program 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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