Free Tax Preparation

United Way of Greater Houston supports free tax preparation for our community. Here's what you need to know. 

United Way of Greater Houston supports free tax preparation through Neighborhood Tax Centers, a key component of United Way THRIVE. Our free tax preparation services help families avoid costly preparation fees and keep more of the money they have earned. 

For locations, a list of what to bring, and more information about free tax preparation, call our 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE - just dial 2-1-1. You can also text UWFREETAXHELP to 898211. 

View or print the 2018 Neighborhood Tax Centers flier. 

All Neighborhood Tax Centers will be open by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Tax returns are due to the IRS by Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area (like many counties in Texas and other states) have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs, like Neighborhood Tax Centers, cannot prepare these tax returns because casualty losses are out of their scope. If you think you might have a casualty loss claim, IRS publication 2194 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p2194.pdf) can help you evaluate your situation. 

If you prefer to prepare your own return, visit myfreetaxes.com. You can file a casualty loss claim via myfreetaxes.com.

With United Way SAVE, you can have your taxes prepared at a Neighborhood Tax Center and then deposit $100 - $1,000 of your refund into an account at the Promise Credit Union. If you leave it in the account through the end of the year, you will receive a 25% match. You may withdraw at any time without penalty, but only the amount left in the account through the end of the year will be matched. 

Neighborhood Tax Centers can also help you apply for an ITIN (only at the BakerRipley Neighborhood Tax Center, 6500 Rookin). You can have your taxes prepared without an ITIN and visit the BakerRipley Neighborhood Tax Center to apply for an ITIN after.