Money in Your Pocket
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 program is available January through April.
For tax year 2020, 146 volunteers filed 2,367 tax returns, resulting in more than $3 million returned to local families.
The Money in Your Pocket program is funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, PNC Bank and Truist Foundation.
Become a Money in Your Pocket Volunteer
Volunteers Needed to Help with Free Tax Preparation
Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation to help working families and individuals receive the federal and state tax credits they are eligible for.
The tax preparation will be done at designated sites in the Capital Region from late January through mid-April during day and evening hours. Volunteers are also needed to serve as greeters (no tax preparing required for this position).
No previous experience is required and training is provided. Scheduling is flexible.
For those interested in learning more, several informational sessions will be held both in person and virtually. Check out our MIYP Recruitment Flyer for more information, including a link to sign up for these sessions.
Do Your Own Taxes Online for Free Through MyFreeTaxes
Individuals with computer skills can utilize the website, www.myfreetaxes.com and prepare their own state and federal taxes. MyFreeTaxes is FREE for all simple returns and includes schedule C. This easy-to-use website is sponsored by United Way Worldwide.