Just Harvest is a lead partner in the United Way of Allegheny County’s Money in Your Pocket Coalition, which provides free income tax return preparation throughout the county.
Every year Just Harvest helps low-income households file their income tax return and maximize their tax refund. Launched in 2003, Just Harvest’s free IRS-certified tax return preparation service, available at four Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in Allegheny County, is now one of the largest in the entire state.
Many low-income people are eligible for tax credits and other refunds when they file their yearly tax return. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs, and can increase a family’s annual income by as much as 45 percent. In 2014, the EITC brought over $167 million to 80,161 Allegheny County families.
Unfortunately, many people do not know about the tax credits they are entitled to, or they lose much of the refunds to commercial tax preparers in preparation fees and advance refund loans.We are committed to the idea that tax refund money should be kept by low-income workers and their families, not swallowed up by tax preparation fees.
In the 2016 tax season, we completed over 2,900 returns and refunded nearly $5.8 million to low-income families! Of this, around $2.9 million was in EITC and $1.8 million was in Child Care Tax Credits. This fantastic work was made possible by 117 volunteers donating nearly 5,900 hours of service.
For those served, these tax refunds helped put food on the table, pay off debt, make rent or mortgage payments, and pay for heat and electricity during Pittsburgh’s winter months.
|If your family received less than $45,000 in income this year ($25,000 for a single person), you may be eligible for our free service. Anyone who has an income of less than $64,000 can use the My Free Taxes website to prepare their own federal and state taxes for free: www.myfreetaxes.com|
How to get help
Walk-ins are not permitted, so please call for an appointment. To schedule an appointment call the PA 2-1-1 Southwest by dialing 2-1-1. If 2-1-1 does not work from your phone, dial 888-553-5778. These lines are answered 24/7.
You can call to schedule an appointment starting January 11, 2016. Tax assistance will be provided January 17 – April 18.
Just Harvest will operate FOUR of the United Way Money in Your Pocket Coalition‘s
17 free tax sites in Allegheny County this tax season:
We will have Spanish-speaking tax preparers available at our South Side site.
Just Harvest’s South Side office
(M-F 10am-8pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm)
Bedford Hope Center in the Hill District
(Wednesdays 2pm-8pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)
Prospect Park Family Center in Baldwin
CCAC Boyce Campus in Monroeville
(Mondays 5pm-9pm; Fridays 1pm-9pm;