NYC Health+Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth offer free tax preparation for eligible patients and New Yorkers

NYC Health + Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth on February 7, 2023, announced they will offer free, in-person and virtual tax preparation to eligible patients and members of the community as part of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s (DCWP) NYC Free Tax Prep initiative and in partnership with BronxWorks, Grow Brooklyn, Urban Upbound, and Code for America’s GetYourRefund initiative. The service is available to New Yorkers who earned $56,000 or less in 2022 and are filing on their own or families who earned $80,000 or less. Select NYC Health + Hospitals sites offer support in Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, and virtual tax preparation is available in Spanish. For in-person services, individuals should schedule an appointment in advance and bring identification and proof of income. For virtual services, individuals can upload their documents and meet virtually with a tax preparer to review their tax return before submission. A full checklist of the documents needed to file taxes is available here. The deadline to file taxes this year is April 18. 

“Whether you’re coming in for a check-up or to visit a loved one, help with preparing taxes is just another way we take care of our patients,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer Nichola Davis, MD, MS. “We know that finishing one’s taxes may be complicated and time-consuming, and these free services allow our patients a little peace of mind.” 

“Since 2008, NYC Free Tax Prep has helped New Yorkers file more than 1.4 million tax returns, saving them more than $216 million in potential filing fees,” said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner (DCWP) Vilda Vera Mayuga. “This year, we’re helping more filers with the newly enhanced NYC Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and our expanded NYC Free Tax Prep services for self-employed New Yorkers. Thank you to NYC Health + Hospitals, and all of our amazing tax prep partners, for working to help New Yorkers keep their hard-earned money.” 

“New Yorkers can get their taxes done in-person for free at our community offices and virtually with a volunteer preparer. Whether you need full assistance or little to no help, our team can help you file your 2022 taxes,” said Steve Mitchell, Senior Director of Sales at MetroPlusHealth. “For many working families, free tax help can be a game-changer for those looking to save money. Our community offices offer several essential services and can assist with signing you up for health insurance.” 

NYC Free Tax Prep provides free, professional, tax preparation that can help New Yorkers keep their full refund, including valuable tax credits, like the newly enhanced New York City Earned Income Tax Credit. NYC Free Tax Prep Services include: 

  

·         In-Person Tax Prep — sit down with a volunteer preparer: At in-person tax prep sites, knowledgeable IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteer preparers help filers complete an accurate tax return. Over 140 sites are located throughout the city. 

  

·         Virtual Tax Prep — like in-person free filing but online: Virtual Tax Prep is an online service where an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer will video conference with filers to help prepare their tax return using a secure digital system. Filers can submit photos or scans of tax documents to the preparer, confirm their identity, and complete their return by video call with a preparer. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone; a stable internet connection; and the ability to download secure video conference software. 

  

·         Assisted Self-Preparation — free online tax prep on one’s own or with help: Assisted Self-Preparation allows filers to complete their tax return online on their own and an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer will be available by phone or email to answer questions. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone; a stable internet connection; an email address; and their 2021 adjusted gross income or self-select PIN. 

  

  

NYC Free Tax Prep Services are available now at more than 140 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites citywide. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun accepting returns as of January 23. New Yorkers can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/taxprep and use DCWP’s interactive map to search for the most convenient free tax site near them. A checklist of what New Yorkers need to bring with them to file is available at nyc.gov/taxprep. 

  

Here are the locations and hours for free tax preparation at NYC Health + Hospitals and MetroPlusHealth sites this season: 

  

BRONX 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Jacobi 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Lincoln 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/NCBronx 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Tremont
1920 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457 

Saturdays, 9am – 4pm 

Available in English and Spanish 

Schedule an appointment: (646) 761-4154 or at bronxworkstaxes.as.me/schedule.php  

  

  

BROOKLYN 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Kings  

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/South Brooklyn Health 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/ConeyIsland 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Woodhull 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Cumberland 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 

1st Floor, Room 165 

Wednesdays: 9am – 5pm; Saturdays: 9am – 4pm 

Schedule an appointment: (718) 784-0877 

  

MetroPlusHealth – Brooklyn
2221 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: 1pm -7pm 

Available in English and Spanish 

Schedule an appointment: (347) 682-5606 or growbrooklyn.org/freetaxes 

  

  

MANHATTAN 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
461 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10016 

*Available soon* 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Harlem 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/MetroNYC 

 

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Gouv 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Sydenham 

  

  

QUEENS 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
79-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373 

Available in English and Spanish 

*Available soon* 

  

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens
82-68 164th Street, Queens, NY 11432 

*Available soon*

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Roosevelt 

Virtual tax preparation 

Available in English and Spanish 

Submit your documents at GetYourRefund.org/Roosevelt 

  

MetroPlusHealth – Flushing 

136-13 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354 

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 9am – 5pm 

Available in English, Chinese, and Korean 

Schedule an appointment: (718) 784-0877 

  

MetroPlusHealth – Jackson Heights 

92-14 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 

Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 9am – 5pm 

Available in English and Spanish 

Schedule an appointment: (718) 784-0877 

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