By Bill Parry
As the 2018 tax season got underway last week, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) launched free tax preparation services at his district office on Junction Boulevard.
Peralta teamed up with Urban Upbound, the Long Island City-based nonprofit, to offer those making $66,000 per year or less with their tax filings.
“Simply put, offering free tax filings for members of the community is all about providing a much-needed service for our working class, especially for my constituents who have tough times making ends meet,” Peralta said. “A good tax return can help families and individuals pay bills or save money for a rainy day. I am glad I was able to partner with Urban Upbound to offer these crucial services.”
Founded by Bishop Mitchell Taylor in 2004, Urban Upbound works to break the cycles of poverty in public housing neighborhoods by providing residents with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self-sufficiency. The orientation’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is now in its 14th year and it has expanded across the borough with more than 20 sites.
“NYC Free Tax Prep is a vital service in low income and public housing communities where families depend on their tax refunds to cover living expenses, pay debts, and establish savings,” Taylor said. “Last year, Urban Upbound processed $15 million in returns, and $135 million in total over the last 14 years. In 2018, we are excited to partner with Sen. Jose Peralta to offer free tax prep, as well as access to other critical support services including financial counseling, employment services, banking, and educational services, to residents of the 13th District.”
The free tax preparation service is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling (718) 784-0877.
Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparr