Free Tax Preparation and Information

As COVID-19 developments change hour by hour, Hudson Valley CA$H and the AARP Foundation are doing its part to flatten the curve of transmission. A top priority is ensuring we are protecting those most at risk, including our volunteers and taxpayers. Therefore, as you may be aware of, we have suspended AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and Hudson Valley CA$H services until further notice. We will continue to assess whether we can open again in some or all sites.
 
The filing and payment dates for federal and state tax returns have been extended to July 15, 2020.  If you have a refund coming from the IRS, there is no penalty for failing to file your tax return by the deadline, even if you don't ask for an extension. For customers interested in completing their tax return using an online product we advise visiting the IRS website to learn about your options. IRS -Free Filing (www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free)
 
Be aware the IRS will share details about the economic impact payment as soon as it’s available. The IRS will NOT contact you to ask you to pay a fee or confirm personal information before issuing an economic impact payment – IT IS A SCAM. Stay informed:  www.irs.gov/coronavirus
 
If you or your family needs support connecting to health and human services during this difficult time, please go to the Dutchess Orange Community Resources page (www.uwdor.org/covid19-communityresources) and remember to call the Hudson Valley United Way information and referral service at 2-1-1 for guidance.

 
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The Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) is dedicated to helping families and individuals in the Hudson Valley save money and improve their financial stability. The coalition provides free federal and state tax preparation for taxpayers living in New York counties of Dutchess and Orange. To ensure the quality of the service, tax preparers receive many hours of training and are certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. In 2019, over 7,977 tax returns were prepared and filed in Orange and Dutchess counties.

Partner organizations of the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition include United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, AARP Tax-Aide, Catholic Charities, the IRS, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County, Fidelis Care, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Maplewood, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, MVP Healthcare, North East Community Center, Orange County Office for the Aging, Pathstone, Pawling Resource Center, RSVP Senior Volunteer Program United Health Care, United Way Hudson Valley Region 211, United Way of Westchester Putnam and Walden Savings Bank. These organizations work together to assure access to free, reliable tax preparation services, so individuals may claim the credits to which they are entitled (especially the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receive information regarding services that may help them stretch their small incomes.

For more information on joining the Hudson Valley CA$H Coalition contact: 

Dutchess County: 
Linda Eddy - (845) 475-7500
leddy@dutchesscap.org 

Orange County: 
Dave Weaving 
hvcash@uwdor.org   

Remember, you can get your taxes prepared for FREE!
Appointments from early February through April 15, 2020,
call 2-1-1 now to schedule YOUR tax-preparation appointment!