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Make a plan for your 2023 tax filing

Find a free* filing option below that is best for a basic tax return preparation for qualifying individuals.

*Income restrictions apply
AFCU is no longer an IRS VITA tax preparation partner

When is the federal tax filing deadline?

The deadline for federal tax returns and payments is Tuesday April 18, 2023.

Important 2023 tax dates

The IRS has set the following deadlines for the upcoming tax season:

  • January 2023  – IRS begins accepting turns
  • February 15, 2023  – Fourth  quarter estimated payments due for tax year 2022
  • February 1, 2023  – Employers must mail W-2 forms
  • April 18, 2023  – Tax Day/federal returns and payments due, final day to file an extension
  • October 26, 2023-  Late filing deadline

After filing, you can track the status of your refundon the IRS website. You’ll need to input the exact refund amount, to the dollar, that’s listed on your tax return, as well as your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and filing status.

 

Review free* filing options to find the best fit for you. Call 2-1-1 for more information.

*Income restrictions may apply. Please review this list
for more detailed information.
AFCU is no longer an IRS VITA tax preparation partner

 In person

One of these may be a good option for you if you have access to transportation, prefer in person service, live or work near a preparation site and earn $60,000  or less annually

Tompkins County
Lifelong Free Tax Prep (VITA/TCE)

  • To make an appointment, call (607) 216-7862
  • The tax appointment line opens January 9th for tax payers at least 60 years old or who had a return prepared by Lifelong last year
  • Other tax payers will be able to make appointments beginning March 1st
  • Appointments will be available from February 4th through April 14th at Lifelong and in Trumansburg and Dryden
  • Learn more at tclifelong.org/counseling-volunteer-services

 

Cortland County
Cortland Free Taxes (VITA/TCE)

Returns are prepared by local volunteers as part of the IRS volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs 

Before your visit

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, see IRS VITA/TCE info sheet for services provided and check out  What to Bring to ensure you have all the required documents and information the volunteers will need to help you.
Note: Available services can vary at each site due to the availability of volunteers certified with the tax law expertise required for your return. Call 2-1-1 for additional information.

Contact free and Self File Options

One of these may be a good option for you if you have internet access, file a basic return, feel comfortable filing out the forms and filing your own return.

Options Contact Free File Myself File Myself
 

Get Your Refund

File for one or multiple years with an IRS-certified tax preparer.

GetCTC?

File quickly on your own to collect your Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), stimulus payments and Child Tax Credit.

My Free Taxes

File quickly on your own for 2022.

Website getyourrefund.org getctc.org myfreetaxes.com

Income Limit

Under $66,000

Under $12,550 (under $25,100 filing jointly)

There are no eligibility requirements for free filing if you are filing on your own. To be eligible to file your taxes for free with help virtually or in- person help, you will need to need to meet following criteria:

  • Income less than $57,000

  • No rental income (from a property you own)

  • Did not file for bankruptcy last year

  • Had no cancellation of debt outside of non-business credit cards

  • No clergy income

  • If married, are filing jointly

  • Had no self-businesses with inventory

Filing years 2019-2022 2022 2022
Length of time to file IRS payment processing times vary 3-6 weeks 2-3 weeks 15 minutes 45 minutes

Require information

Photo ID

 

ID numbers

 

ID numbers

Social Security Card or ITIN paperwork Photo ID ID numbers ID numbers
Official tax documents (w2's, 1099's, etc) Required Not required, but may help you claim more benefits Required
Credits and Payments      
Child tax credit Yes Yes Yes
Stimulus payments Yes Yes Yes
Earned income tax credit Yes Yes Yes
Additonal state tax credits Yes Yes Yes
Assistance available Yes Yes Yes
Chat support Yes No No

ITIN application assistance

Yes No  Yes
IRS certified VITA tax team Yes No Yes
Phone support No No 866-698-9435
 

After filing, you can track the status of your refund on the IRS website. You’ll need to input the exact refund amount, to the dollar, that’s listed on your tax return, as well as your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and filing status.

 

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
125 N. Fulton Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: (607) 273-4611

 

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