Free Tax Preparation Available for Local Low-Income Households - United Way of Greater St. Louis

Free Tax Preparation Available for Local Low-Income Households

United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with local tax coalitions to provide free tax preparation services to St. Louis-area families with a household income of $54,000 or less in 2016. Last year, the partnership helped more than 20,000 people in our region receive nearly $21 million in tax refunds.

“Through free tax preparation services, we hope to again help many working families this year receive all of the tax credits they qualify for,” said Debbie Irwin, community economic development director, United Way of Greater St. Louis. “The partnership between United Way 2-1-1 and these tax coalitions is a great asset to local families and the St. Louis region, as the money saved through the free tax preparation assistance as well as refunds received through tax credits represents additional investments into our region through things like basic needs, transportation, housing and education.”

United Way’s tax coalition partners include Friendly Community Tax Coalition, Gateway EITC Community Coalition, National Association of Black Accountants, and St. Louis Tax Assistance Program. In 2016, 765 volunteers worked through the coalitions to provide services for the region, helping local low-income households save approximately $5 million in tax preparation services.

Anyone interested in receiving tax preparation help and who is eligible under the $54,000 household income threshold may contact United Way at 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626, or visit www.211helps.org for information on qualifications, locations, dates and a list of documents required for services. Sites operate on an appointment or walk-in basis.

The coalitions also focus on bringing awareness to local individuals and families who qualify to receive a refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit designed to help people increase their financial stability. The average national EITC refund in 2016 was more than $2,455. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in 2015, over 26 million families and individuals nationwide received a federal EITC refund, which helped lift approximately 6.5 million people out of the poverty threshold.

The following locations, dates and times are available for Saturday walk-in sites. For all other locations and times, individuals may call 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626. United Way provides information and referral to all free income tax sites in the greater St. Louis region through its United Way 2-1-1 call center.

Super Saturday Sites (no appointment necessary)

City of St. Louis
Cardinal Ritter College Prep
701 Spring Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
4700 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Saturdays: February 25; March 4, 18, 25; April 1, 8; 10 am – 1 pm

Five Star Senior Center
2832 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
Saturdays: January 28 to March 25, 9 am – noon (closed March 4)

Friendly Temple MB Church
1400 Clara, St. Louis, MO 63112
Saturdays: January 28 to April 15, 9 am – noon

Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center
5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112
Saturdays: January 28 to April 15, 9 am – 1 pm

New City Fellowship
1142 Hodiamont Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112
Saturdays: January 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 1, 8; 9 am – noon

UM-St. Louis – Schlafly Library
225 North Euclid, St. Louis, MO 63108
Saturdays: February 4 to April 15, 9am – 4pm

St. Mary’s High School
4701 S. Grand Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

St. Louis College Prep
1224 Grattan, St. Louis, MO 63104
Saturdays: February 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1; 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Westside Missionary Baptist Church
4675 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63113
Saturdays: January 28 to April 8, 9 am – 11:30 am (closed March 18 and 25)

St. Louis County
Believers Temple Word Fellowship
2115 Chambers Rd, St. Louis, MO 63136
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Lincoln University
9041 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO 63137
Saturdays: January 28 to March 25, 9am – 1pm

Lucas Crossing Elementary School
7837 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 8:30 am – 11:30 am (closed February 18)

Omega Center
3900 Goodfellow Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63120
Saturdays: February 4 to April 15, 9 am – 1 pm

RTR/DCC (Deaf Community Center)
8764 Manchester Road, Suite 201, St. Louis, MO 63144
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 9 am – noon (Sign language interpreters available.)

Southern Mission Baptist Church
8171 Wesley, St. Louis, MO 63140
Saturdays: January 28 to April 8, 10 am – 2 pm

The MET Center
6347 Plymouth Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63133
Saturdays: January 28 to April 1, 9 am – 1 pm

UM-ST. Louis – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
120 North Elizabeth, St. Louis, MO 63135
Saturdays: February 4 to April 8, 9 am – 1 pm (closed February 25)

St. Charles County
Lewis and Clark Career Center
2400 Zumbehl Rd., St. Charles, MO 63301
Saturdays: January 28 to March 4, 8:30am – 11:30 am

UM-St. Louis – Spencer Road Library – St. Peters
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376
Saturdays: February 4 to April 8, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sullivan
Temple Baptist Church
444 Beeman, Sullivan, MO 63080
Saturdays: January 28 to April 8, 10 am – noon

Madison County, IL
Edwardsville Public Library
112 South Kansas, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Saturdays: January 28 to March 25, 9 am – 1 pm

Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL 62035- Nursing Building Lower Level
Saturdays: January 28 to April 15, 10am – 1pm

Six Mile Regional Library (appointment required)
2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040
Saturdays: February 4 to March 25, 9:30am – 3:30pm

St. Clair County, IL
Cornerstone Christian Church – Shiloh
775 N. Green Mount Road, Shiloh, IL 62221
Saturdays: January 28 to April 8, 9:30am – noon

Family Development Center
1045 State Street, Fairmont City, IL 62201
Saturdays: February 4 to April 15, 9am – 3pm

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
5803 Belmont Avenue, East St. Louis, IL 62203
Saturdays: January 28 to April 15, 10am – 1pm

St. Vincent De Paul
3718 State Street, Centreville, IL 62205
Saturdays: February 4 to April 15, 9am – noon

 

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