Free Tax Assistance

Free Tax Assistance: Keep Your Hard Earned Money

Tired of paying high tax preparation fees? United Way and community partners provide free tax preparation services to hard working individuals and families in our Tri-State region.

My Free Taxes Online Tool

  • Comfortable with computers?
  • Earn less than $60,000?
  • MyFreeTaxes is an easy, safe, secure, free online tool.

MyFreeTaxes provides free state and federal tax preparation for qualified individuals sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way. Tax filing software is powered by H&R Block.

 

VITA Tax Preparation Service

  • Don’t like doing your taxes?
  • Need help filling out the forms & filing?
  • Earn less than $53,000?

You may qualify for free tax preparation services provided by trained IRS volunteers at one of many VITA sites throughout the region.

What to Bring with you…

  • For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present
  • Proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse or dependants
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • Birth dates for you, spouse and/or dependants on the return
  • Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN
  • All Forms W-2 and 1099 and information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their Tax ID number
  • Forms 1095-A,B or C (Affordable Health Care Statements)
  • Student Account Statement and Form 1098-T for education credit
  • For prior year returns, copies of Income Transcripts from IRS (and State, if applicable). Only sites marked with a star * can file prior year returns.

Closings due to bad weather: Call 211 for up-to-date information on site closings.

Tax Assistance Resources

TIP: If you're a single parent, you may be able to file your returns as head of household rather than single. The advantage? You get a bigger standard deduction, and you'll fit into a better tax bracket. In order to be considered head of household, you must pay more than half the cost of providing a home for a qualifying person (your child).

American Red Cross*

2111 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207 (Directions)

No appointment needed

February 4–28  CLOSED
Wed: 4-7 PM
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237 (Directions)

No appointment needed
January 26 – April 15

Mon – Fri: 8:30 AM – 3 PM

Or by appointment: 513-569-1840 x 1031
Tues & Thurs: 4 – 6 PM
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Elder High School Schaeper Center

4005 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 (Directions)

By appointment only: 513-235-3835
January 31 – March 14  CLOSED

Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Greater Cincinnati Urban League

3458 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Directions)

By appointment only: 513-487-5256
February 3 – April 15 
(Closed 3/17, 3/18, 3/24, 3/25)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 4:30 – 7 PM

Harrison Community Center

300 George St., Harrison, OH 45030 (Directions)

By appointment: 513-367-6683
Feb. 2 – Apr 15
Mon & Fri: 9 AM – 2 PM

Healing Center*

11345 Century Circle West, Cincinnati, OH 45246 (Directions)
Spanish, American Sign Language interpretation available

By appointment only: 513-346-4080

January 29 – April 18 (Closed 4/9 and 4/16)
Thurs: 6:00 – 9 PM
Sat: 9 AM – Noon

Houston Conference Center

3310 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251 (Directions)
Spanish interpretation available

No appointment needed
February 7 – 28  CLOSED
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Madisonville Recreation Center*

5320 Stewart Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227 (Directions)

No appointment needed
February 7, 14 , 21; March 7, 14, 21; April 4 & 11
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Millvale Recreation Center

3303 Beekman St., Cincinnati, OH 45225 (Directions)

No appointment needed
February 7; March 7 & 21
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

North Avondale Recreation Center*

617 Clinton Springs, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (Directions)

No appointment needed
January 31; Febuary 7 & 14; March 7 & 21; April 4
Sat: 9 AM – 1 PM

Northminster Presbyterian Church*

703 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Directions)

No appointment needed
January 31 – April 15

Wednesdays: Noon – 4:30 PM

OhioMeansJobs – Cincinnati-Hamilton County

1916 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45213 (Directions)

No appointment needed

January 31 – April 11
Saturday: 9 AM – 1 PM

St. John United Church of Christ

729 Jefferson Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45215 (Directions)

February 7 – 28  CLOSED
Saturdays: 9 AM – 1 PM

Xavier University*

Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center (Directions)
1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207

By appointment only: 513-745-2828
February 16 – April 13 (Closed March 2 & April 6)
Mondays: 6:30 – 9 PM

 

Want to volunteer to assist with tax preparation?