City opens free tax prep site at Borough Hall
by Patrick Kearns
Feb 01, 2017 | 2380 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Yorkers making less $64,000 this year don’t need to pay for an expensive tax preparer this upcoming tax season.

Thanks to a partnership between state and city agencies, there are over 200 sites across the city offering free tax preparation services, including one at Borough Hall.

Borough President Eric Adams urged Brooklynites to take advantage of the service.

“This is their money that’s been returned to them to buy food, to buy clothing,” Adams said. “It goes into our various retailers and stores that help employ people.”

Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas explained residents should work with a trusted preparation service to make sure they are taking advantage of all tax credits available.

In Brooklyn alone, roughly 325,000 residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“The EITC is one of the largest poverty reduction programs in the United States and a vital tax credit that helps working families pay bills and save for their future,” she said.

The credit can be as high as $8,463 when combined with other state and city credits. On average, New Yorkers receive $2,411. According to DCA, 75 percent of those that claimed it last year used a paid tax preparation service.

“We don’t want you to do that, we want you to keep as much money as you can,” Salas said. “Come to one our sites and we can prepare it for free.”

Grow Brooklyn is offering the free service at a total of eight locations in Brooklyn, including the one at Borough Hall.

“These services are not only vital because they are free of charge, but also because they allow low to middle-income individuals and families to take advantage of their full tax refund and credits,” said executive director Samira Rajan.

Appointments are available at Borough Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. on February 14 and 24 and April 17, as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16 and 23 and April 6 and 13. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/taxprep to find an alternative site.
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