Free Tax Preparation Services

Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Last year in Cuyahoga County, the VITA Program served 11,950 people and brought back more than $14.8 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Southgate NFSC.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday evenings and Saturdays.  Southgate NFSC is located at 5398 ½ Northfield Rd, Maple Heights Ohio 44137; the tax site will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays.  To schedule an appointment go online to or call 211/United Way First Call for Help.

Returns will be prepared and filed by IRS certified tax-preparers and completed while the tax-payer waits. All returns will be screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. To qualify, tax-payers must have a 2014 earned income less than $52,427, and must be filing a simple return.

Tax-payers should remember to bring: Current photo I.D., Social Security cards for each adult and child on the return, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts as well as bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit.  If the taxpayer purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, bring 1099 tax credit from health insurance company

Community members who want to volunteer to prepare taxes can register online at  Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer.

For more information, please visit or

Kathy Augustine

Public Information Officer at Cuyahoga County Employment & Family Services

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