Money In Your Pocket
The Money in Your Pocket Campaign (MIYP) is a community collaboration of organizations lead by United Way of the Capital Region that is committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Volunteers prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low- to moderate-income working families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining credits for which they are eligible.
For tax year 2014, 230 volunteers filed 5,246 tax returns, resulting in more than $5.2 million returned to local families. This helped individuals and families increase their income by an average of six percent.
2016 MIYP Tax Preparation
From January 28 through April 15, 2016, Money in Your Pocket volunteers will prepare computerized, electronic returns at 16 sites in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. In addition to tradtional tax preparation sites, MIYP also offers assisted and unassisted self-preparation options for those with computer skills.
Traditional Tax Preparation: Individuals and families who make $54,000, or less are eligible to have their taxes prepared for free by trained volunteers. From start to finish, volunteers help prepare and file state and federal taxes for free at sites throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Many sites also prepare local tax returns.
Traditional tax help is also available at sites in Mifflin and Juniata counties. For more information, visit the Mifflin-Juniata MIYP site flyer.
Assisted Self-Preparation: Assisted self-preparation is ideally suited for individuals who make $62,000, or less annually and have some computer skills. A trained volunteer coach helps guide individuals to prepare and file their state and federal income taxes. This is a great way to ensure your taxes are prepared correctly, while working at your own pace using an online program. This free service is available at the following locations:
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
Hall Technology Center, Rm. 131
1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Open starting February 10.)
Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church
2217 Derry St., Harrisburg
Tuesday: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Unassisted Self-Preparation: Individuals with computer skills who make $62,000, or less annually, can utilize the website, www.myfreetaxes.com and prepare their own state and federal taxes. This easy-to-use website is free and anyone can use it!