Free Tax Prep

United Way's Free Tax Prep Continues

Our Free Tax Prep program has been available for the 2021 tax season offering virtual and drop-off appointments through April 15th. Due to COVID-19, the tax season has once again been extended through May 15, 2021.

Drive-up Taxathon: One-Day Tax Filing Event

Date: May 22nd, 2021
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Utica, NY (exact location provided upon appointment scheduling)

To accommodate clients through the additional month of tax filing, United Way's Free Tax Prep is offering a one-day tax filing event. Clients can sign-up for an appointment to drop off their tax documents and have them prepared during this one-day event, starting Friday, April 16, 2021.

Self Schedule Your Free Tax Appointment Online

What do I need for my appointment?

On the day of your appointment, make sure you have everything you need to bring to your drop-off appointment. Click here to view the full list of items to have ready.

What is Free Tax Prep?

Moving individuals and families toward financial independence.

United Way, in partnership with the Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition, is dedicated to helping individuals and families in Oneida and Herkimer Counties become financially self-sufficient by offering free tax preparation services, financial empowerment workshops, and a host of other services.

Having a personal safety net is important and by helping families save money, United Way and partners are offering solutions that move people towards financial independence and a better quality of life.

Our Free Tax Prep program offers free tax preparation to Oneida or Herkimer County residents with household income up to approximately $66,000. Taxes are prepared by our IRS-certified volunteers with electronic filing for taxpayers from eligible households. Free Tax Prep sites accommodate people with disabilities and interpreting for limited English speakers is available.

Free Tax Prep Volunteers

Looking to give back your time to help others? Volunteering with our Free Tax Prep program is a rewarding way to give back by using your skillset or gaining a new one!

For more volunteer details or to sign up visit United Way’s Volunteers United platform.

File your own taxes with

United Way partners with H&R Block to provide its premium online tax filing software to help people easily and accurately file their federal and state taxes through MyFreeTaxes if they have a "simple" tax return. Filers can easily access MyFreeTaxes from their computer or the palm of their hand and can file federal and up to three state returns for free. Learn more.

What makes different?

  • MyFreeTaxes is the only national online free tax preparation service operated by a nonprofit.
  • Free customer support is available in English and Spanish from IRS-certified specialists. Filers can call us or use the chatbox on to get assistance from a real person in real-time.
  • File your taxes without the pressure of upsells.
  • MyFreeTaxes provides more forms and guidance than any other free product on the market. The most recent version includes beyond basic forms for any complex filing situations. View the full list of state and federal forms supported.


Many individuals may not realize they do not have to pay fees that drain money away from their tax refunds.
By investing in United Way of the Mohawk Valley you will make a tremendous difference in helping hard-working individuals and families move towards financial self-sufficiency. Donate today.

Questions? Contact Kristen Synakowski at or 315-733-4691, ext. 234.

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