Take advantage of quality, free services to help working New Yorkers with their income tax returns.
The VITA program run by Baruch College (CUNY) and the main base of its volunteers are undergraduate accounting students. All of volunteers undergo a thorough training and testing process and are certified by the IRS. The volunteers are protected by the Volunteer Act of 1997 and are not legally liable for any preparation errors. They do, however, have a multiple-step quality review process to ensure the quality of the returns prepared. They prepare basic individual income tax returns (both federal and state forms) for working families of NYC. They do not prepare itemized deductions or deal with capital gains, rental income, large self-employment expenses, or any income derived from sources outside the state of New York. They prepare all returns on paper and advise clients to make copies before mailing (i.e. they do not keep any confidential information after a client leaves). See for more information at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/vita/vol/sites.html
Volunteer Locations for 2009
151 East 25th Street (Library Building, 1st Floor) (Map) New York, NY 10010 Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10AM – 8PM; Friday 12PM – 7PM No walk-ins accepted after 7PM (Tues - Thurs); 6PM (Fri) International Student tax preparation: Please email BaruchVITA@gmail.com to make an appointment for 5:30pm, 6:00pm or 7:00pm on Wednesday evenings only. Please use "International Student Appt." in your subject line.
New York Chinese Community Center (Chinatown)
62 Mott Street (2nd floor) New York, NY 10013 (Map) Hours of Operation: Friday, Saturday 10AM – 5PM Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese) By appointment only - Go to CCBA to make your appointment.
Chinatrust Bank (Chinatown)
208 Canal Street New York, NY 10013 (Map) Hours of Operation: Sunday 10AM – 4PM Languages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese) By appointment (call 212-385-9898 to make a reservation) & walk-ins available before 3PM.
Hamilton Fish Park Library (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
415 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002 (Map) Hours of Operation: Saturday 10AM – 5PM Languages avalable: Spanish
Kingsbay YM-YWHA (Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn)
3495 Nostrand Ave, (btwn Ave. U & V) (Map) Brooklyn, NY 11229 Hours of Operation: Sunday 2PM – 6PM Additional Information: Please sign in at the front desk if you arrive earlier than 2pm. After 2pm, please sign in with Baruch VITA volunteers on the 2nd floor. Languages available: Russian
FOCUS Community Access Center (Flushing, Queens)
136-20 38th Avenue, Suite 10J (Map) Flushing, NY 11354 Hours of Operation: Saturday, Sunday 10AM – 5PM Lanaguages available: Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), Korean
Wildcat Service Corporation (Downtown Manhattan)
2 Washington Street, 3rd floor (Map) New York, NY 10004 Open to Wildcat members ONLY Hours of Operation: Friday, Saturday 10AM – 5PM