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Free Tax Preparation Program

Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition


The Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition in partnership with the Resource Center for Independent Living and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area announce it is actively seeking volunteers to become IRS-certified tax preparers for the 2017–2018 Tax Season.

Volunteers serving as tax preparers, screeners, greeters, language interpreters, site coordinators, and quality reviewers are needed to staff Free Tax Preparation Initiative sites in Utica, Rome, Herkimer, Dolgeville and Ilion.

Volunteers need not have any prior tax preparation training or experience. The free IRS-certified training program is comprehensive and all-inclusive. After completion of training, volunteers are asked to commit at least one shift per week (approximately two–four hours/week). However, volunteers are welcome to commit as many hours as desired.

Make a difference in your community! Become a volunteer tax preparer!!

The Free Tax Preparation Initiative offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Last year’s team of dedicated volunteers completed a total of 1,524 federal returns and 1,600 state returns, bringing a total of $2.3 million in refunds back to the local community.

Deadline to signup for the free IRS-certified training program is Friday, November 10. Training begins on Wednesday, November 15 in Rome and Thursday, November 16 in Utica.

Free Tax Preparation Initiative sites will be open from January 26, 2018 through April 17, 2018.

Those interested in volunteering should contact the Free Tax Preparation Coordinator by calling 315–272–1888, or emailing



Receive Your Refund Fast!

If you live in Oneida or Herkimer County and your total household income is $54,000 or less, the Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition has a trained group of volunteers that will electronically file your taxes for FREE!


Do you qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

IRS-certified volunteers can determine if you qualify for special tax credits that increase your return to help you keep more of what you earned!

January 26, 2018 to April 17, 2018
Hours and locations to be announced



Tax Preparation Details

Want to file your taxes on your own, for FREE ?

If you would like to file your taxes on your own, you can do so using My Free Taxes. Visit, click  "File for Free", and create  a new account. All you'll need is a computer and internet connection, and if those aren't available, call 272-1888 and make an appointment to come use one of the computers at our Super-Site on Genesee St in Utica!


With special thanks to our volunteers
and the following Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition members
providing assistance to free tax preparation services

United Way     Internal Revenue Service     Hamilton College            Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency      Mohawk Valley Community College     Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network       NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance


Additional Helpful Resources:


Counties Served:

  • Oneida
  • Herkimer

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must live in Oneida or Herkimer County
  • Your total household income must be $54,000 or less

Request more information by stopping in, calling, or filling out our inquiry form.

This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.778 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.