Free Tax Return Preparation

As of March 20, the IRS has extended the income tax filing deadline by 90 days to July 15, 2020. Tax returns and payments owed are not due until July 15.

In order to keep clients and staff safe during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Just Harvest suspended its on-site 2020 Free Tax Prep program and in late June began virtual tax appointment. As of 7/8/2020 all of our tax appointments are full. After July 15th, Just Harvest tax sites will be closed until next January.

orange arrow If you have questions about a return already started or completed at Just Harvest, give us a call at (412) 431-8960 or email us at taxhelp@justharvest.org.

We look forward to serving you again next tax season!

Interested in preparing your own return?

For those interested in preparing your own return, we recommend Free File through Turbo Tax. Before you get started, check out these basic instructions for using Turbo Tax. You can also use myfreetaxes.com for filing your own return for free. Both sites are available through mid-October.

Questions about the Economic Impact Payment?

Check out our FAQs about the coronavirus economic impact (stimulus) payments. Additional information is available from our partners at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.


Get your taxes done for free at Just HarvestJust Harvest manages the Free Tax Preparation Coalition (sponsored by United Way of Southwestern PA), which provides free income tax return preparation throughout the region.

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 our record-breaking 2019 tax season, we completed 3,200+ returns and refunded $6.25+ million to low-income families! Of this, roughly $2.7 million was through the EITC and $1.7 million through Child Care Tax Credits. This fantastic work was made possible by 98 volunteers donating nearly 5,700 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 $55,000 in income ($30,000 for a single filer) in 2019, you may be eligible for our free service.

Anyone can use the My Free Taxes website to prepare their own federal and state taxes for free at www.myfreetaxes.org.  Please Note: Like all online tax filing platforms, it is not as accurate as an IRS-certified assistant.

How to get help

Walk-ins are not permitted, so please call for an appointment. There are three ways to schedule an appointment, available 24/7:

Just Harvest will operate FOUR of the United Way Free Tax Prep Coalition’s
18 free tax sites in Allegheny County from January 21 – April 15:

orange arrowWe will have foreign-language interpretation services available at our South Side site. Schedule a foreign-language tax appointment by dialing 2-1-1.

Just Harvest’s South Side office
(M-F 10am-8pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm)
Bedford Hope Center in the Hill District
(Mondays and Wednesday 5pm-8pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)
Prospect Park Family Center in Baldwin
(Saturdays 10am-1pm)
CCAC Boyce Campus in Monroeville
(Mondays 5pm-9pm; Fridays 1pm-9pm;
Saturdays 9am-4pm)

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