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 over 15,000 people and brought back more than $22 million to the community.  County VITA sites are at the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) in partnership with Mt Pleasant NOW Development Corporation.  Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44102; the tax site will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.  DSAS is located at 13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120; the tax site will be open Fridays during the day.  To schedule an appointment go online to or call 211/United Way.

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 2016 earned income less than $53,930, 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.

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Kathy Augustine

Program Officer at Cuyahoga Job and Family Services

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 5:57 PM, 02.08.2017