Free Tax Prep


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.

The Free Tax Prep program offers free tax help to people living in Oneida or Herkimer County who generally make approximately $60,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing for taxpayers from eligible households. Free Tax Prep sites accommodate people with disabilities and interpreting for limited English speakers is available.

What Should I Bring To My Appointment? To download the list click here!

VOLUNTEER: Be a Tax Prep Hero.

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!
If you have experience or background, you can simply try the online certification.
Click Here to Certify Online | (Online Advanced Certification Instructions)

Invest in the Free Tax Prep Program

Low-wage workers need every penny of their tax refunds and may not realize they do not have to pay fees that drain money away from their refunds. By investing in our community through the Free Tax Prep program, you will make a tremendous difference in helping hard-working individuals and families move towards financial self-sufficiency. Make a gift to support the Free Tax Program.

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 earned $66,000 or less in 2017. 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. Visit to learn more.

What makes MyFreeTaxes Unique from other Products?

  • MyFreeTaxes is the only national online free tax preparation service operated by a nonprofit.
  • We offer free customer support 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.
  • We never offer upsells to the filer.
  • MyFreeTaxes provides more forms and guidance than any other free product on the market. The 2017 version of includes beyond basic forms for any complex filing situations. You can view the full list of state and federal forms supported here.

Questions about Free Tax Prep? Contact Kristen Synakowski at or 315-733-4691, ext. 234.