February 2, 2022

2022 Tax Prep Resources

by UNHP


UNHP Free Tax Program is cancelled for 2022, but UNHP is committed to proving resoruces and infromation to help you file your taxes for free.
UNHP Free Tax Program is cancelled for 2022, but UNHP is committed to providing resources and information to help you file your taxes for free.

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Unfortunately, due to space, capacity, and new IRS VITA limitations, UNHP is unable to offer the free income tax program in 2022. This decision was hard to make and we are saddened that a workaround was not possible (We really tried!). UNHP is committed to providing information and other resources to help you file your taxes for free, file correctly, and help you understand what income and special 2021 benefits you need to declare and what credits you may be eligible for. Once a month, UNHP hosts ASK UNHP - a bilingual Q & A. The next ASK UNHP will be on March 31st at 4 pm. Learn more and register here

UNHP Tax Tips

Start Getting Ready Now!

Gather all the documents you need, find last year’s return, and collect your 2021 income paperwork, such as W-2, Social Security 1099, as it comes in the mail or download it from online sources. Here is a list of what you will need.

Find an NYC Free Tax prep site and reach out. In-person appointments may be hard to find this year with ongoing Covid limitations, so start early and be persistent. If you have a computer, an email and are able to upload documents you may be able to do your taxes virtually for free or with a Facilitated Self Assistance link. Bronx in-person and virtual sites are listed below. Learn about your rights as a tax filer and what you need to know about your tax preparer.

In our special edition of ASK UNHP, held on January 27th, UNHP covered various topics ranging from who needs to file, filing with an ITIN, what needs to be declared, what credits you may be eligible for, and new information for this year’s tax filing. To view the recording from last week’s ASK UNHP Event, please click here. To view the bilingual slides from last week’s ASK UNHP Event, please click here.

NYC Free Tax Prep

Schedule Appointment: Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/consumers/file-your-taxes.page for an extensive list of in-person and virtual tax prep locations.

Not everyone needs to file. If you only recive Social Security or SSI you can file next year for 2021 and 2022.

Not everyone needs to file. If you only receive Social Security or SSI you can file next year for 2021 and 2022.

This NYC Free Tax Prep site is your best resource to find a Free IRS VITA tax site near you. You can also call 311 and ask for NYC Free Tax Prep. The following Bronx sites are taken from NYC Free Tax prep site. Please call to get an appointment and see if you are eligible.

In-Person Tax Prep

Food Bank - Bronx locations and other NYC locations

Bronx Location: 2430 WALTON AVENUE

Schedule Appointment: Visit https://www.foodbanknyc.org/taxhelp/ or call (646) 981-6111 to schedule an appointment.

Bronx Works at various Bronx locations Call Errol Wilkerson (646) 761-4552 Yenny Abreu (646)761-4154 Email: taxes@bronxworks.org Self Schedule Website: https://bronxworks.org/our-services/workforce-development/tax-financial-services/

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center MMCC at Main Center Phone: (718) 882-4000 ext: 209 Schedule an Appointment: Appointment Phone: (718) 882-4000 Email: DLee@mmcc.org

The Bronx NHS at The Bronx NHS CDC Inc. Phone: (718) 881-1180 https://www.bronxnhs.org Schedule an Appointment: Appointment Phone: (718) 881-1180

Ariva at various Bronx locations by appointment only Phone: (718) 292-2983 https://ariva.org/locations/

For more detailed information regarding In-Person Tax Prep, please access this link.

Virtual Tax Prep is a safe and reliable online tax prep service. An IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteer preparer will:

  • you file your 2020 tax return during a 60-90 minute virtual call;
  • use a secure digital system to manage your tax documents;
  • answer your tax questions.


The following information is for virtual appointments only. Please do not arrive in person.

  • Ariva

    Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Language(s): English and Spanish.
    Schedule Appointment: Email info@ariva.org to make an appointment.
    Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

    BronxNHS
    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
    Language(s): English, and Spanish.
    Schedule Appointment: Call 718-881-1180 to make an appointment.
    Additional Information: Visit https://bronxnhs.org/free-tax-preparation/ for more information. Available for single filers with incomes up to $50,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $72,000.

    Bronx Works
    Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday: 10 am – 6 pm; Wednesday, Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.
    Language(s): English, and Spanish.
    Schedule Appointment: Visit https://bronxworks.org/our-services/workforce-development/tax-financial-services/ or call Errol Wilkerson (646) 761-455 and Yenny Abreu (646) 761-4154.
    Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $50,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $72,000.

    Grow Brooklyn
    Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Language(s): English, Spanish, and Russian.
    Schedule Appointment: Visit https://growbrooklyn.org/appointments/ or call (347) 682-5606 to schedule an appointment.
    Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

    Met Council
    Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Language(s): English and Russian.
    Schedule Appointment: Visit metcouncil.org/coronavirus or call (212) 453-9532 to schedule an appointment.
    Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

    Project Hospitality

    Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Language(s): English, Spanish, and Russian.
    Schedule Appointment: Visit projecthospitality.org or call (718) 420-6466 or (718) 448-3470 to schedule an appointment.
    Additional Information: Available for single filers with incomes up to $48,000 and for filers with dependents with incomes up to $68,000.

Special Filing Tips for 2022

1) Excluded Workers Fund

Payments from the Excluded Workers Fund are considered taxable income. Although payments were sent with state taxes already taken out, they may still be subject to federal income tax. The Department of Labor will mail 1099-G tax forms to all EWF recipients in late January. Forms will be mailed to the address provided in the EWF program application. The information from this form must be included with your tax filing for the 2021 calendar year! For more information, please visit this link.

2) Unemployment Benefit

The Statement for Recipients of Certain Government Payments (1099-G) tax forms is available for New Yorkers who received unemployment benefits in the calendar year 2021. This tax form provides the total amount of money you were paid in benefits from NYS DOL in 2021, as well as any adjustments or tax withholding made to your benefits. Benefits paid to you are considered taxable income. You must include this form with your tax filing for the 2021 calendar year. The 1099-G tax form includes the amount of benefits paid to you for any the following programs: Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Extended Benefits (EB), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Lost Wages Assistance (LWA). For more information, please access this website and view this link for instructions on how to access your Form 1099-G.

3) Statement for Recipients of State Income Tax Refunds

Federal Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, is filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by New York State for each recipient of a New York State income tax refund of $10 or more. If you received a refund in a particular year, you may need federal Form 1099-G information when filing your subsequent year’s federal tax return. This information is available to you on New York State Form 1099-G, Statement for Recipients of State Income Tax Refunds, which you can view and print directly from this website.

4) Child Tax Credit

In 2021 many families received $3,000 per child ages 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6 as a result of the increased 2021 Child Tax Credit. If you have not yet received your Child Tax Credit for 2021, please check here to determine if you are eligible for the credit. If you already received your Child Tax Credit for 2021, please make sure to keep an eye out for Form 6419 from the IRS, which you must include with your tax filing for the 2021 calendar year. For more information on the Child Tax Credit, check this website.

Check-in with UNHP for tax updates! Sign up here for our bilingual newsletter to get new information, Follow us on social media, Facebook @universityneighborhood, Twitter @UNHP, and Instagram @UNHPBRONX email us at taxes@unhp.org or call us at 646-200-1809. This blog will also be updated with new information.

Reliable Tax Information from Federal, State, and City Websites

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)lThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. You can file a complaint on their website and find good information about scams to avoid and financial services.

Guide to 2022 Tax Filing

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) The official IRS site has links to information on the federal child tax credit, free filing links (federal only), and other information.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - Most NYS residents need to file both federal and state tax returns. This NYS website has information on free file options, how to create an account, check on your NYS refund, and other information.

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and Worker Protection offers updated information on in-person, drop off and virtual NYC sites for free tax prep, info on what you need to file, and more.

Northwest Bronx Resource Center Virtual Housing and Financial Services

Due to the current health crisis, face-to-face assistance is no longer available at the Northwest Bronx Resource Center(NWBRC). You can still call us at (718) 933-2539. Our phones are being answered remotely by our bilingual staff and trained volunteers. Stay up-to-date with our programs and services by signing up for our email newsletter.

We can:

  • Update your existing NYC Housing Connect account
  • Help you apply for affordable housing lotteries
  • Give you information on local Bronx resources for meals, food pantry, and other essential needs
  • Connect you with a trained Financial Counselor to provide counseling over the phone
  • Connect you with a Tenant Support Specialist
  • Connect homeowners with support from Legal Aid
  • Direct you to Free Tax Prep Options (Our site is closed in 2021and 2022)

Click here to see our COVID 19 Resource Guide with information and links to health, housing, financial, and food assistance. Click here to read our latest newsletter with services and programs for you!

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