Money in Your Pocket
Money in Your Pocket Update (March 16, 2020)
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we have closed our Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) tax preparation sites until further notice. In the meantime, individuals can file their taxes using United Way’s online tool, MyFreeTaxes.com.
Money in Your Pocket Tax Preparation Program
The Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) campaign is a community collaboration of organizations led 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.
The Money in Your Pocket program is funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, and PNC Bank.
For tax year 2018, 272 volunteers filed 4,642 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.66 million returned to local families.
Do Your Own Taxes Online for Free*
MyFreeTaxes for Simple Returns
Individuals with computer skills can utilize the website, www.myfreetaxes.com and prepare their own state and federal taxes. This easy-to-use website is sponsored by United Way Worldwide and powered by H&R Block. For more information, view the flyer below or visit the website to get started.
* If you have rental income, capital gains or self-employment income to claim, you may not be eligible for free filing.
IRS Free File for Self-Employed Individuals
Individuals who are self-employed can use IRS’s Free File, delivered by turbotax, to file for free. (Self-employment includes things like driving for uber or meal delivery services, freelance work, etc.)
MIYP Tax Preparation Sites
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we have closed our Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) tax preparation sites until further notice.
Individuals and families who make $56,000 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 one of 14 sites throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Many sites also prepare local tax returns.
For a list of sites, view the following flyers:
Assisted Tax Preparation Sites
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we have closed our Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) tax preparation sites and assisted tax preparation sites until further notice.
Not comfortable preparing your own taxes? Visit one of our free* assisted tax preparation sites where a trained volunteer coach will help guide you as you prepare and file your 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. View the flyer below for a list of sites.
* If you have rental income, capital gains or certain kinds of self-employment income to claim, you may not be eligible for free filing.