Free tax-preparation assistance is available for senior citizens and moderate-to-low-income people at the Mayor’s Office of Community Services site at 2049 Cottman Ave. in Rhawnhurst.
Visitors also will get faster access to refunds and learn how to better handle their finances. They’ll be able to cash their refund checks at no cost at the site or at designated PNC Bank branches.
The office is staffed by PNC Bank employees and members of the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
The assistance generally is for people who earn less than $51,000 a year.
VITA volunteers ensure that workers who qualify receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can mean up to $5,891 for families with three or more qualifying children and up to $475 for people without children.
Individuals who visit a VITA site should bring their wages and earnings statements from all employers (Form W-2), interest statements from banks (Form 1099) and a copy of their previous year’s tax return.
“Tax filing can be an intimidating and complex process,” said Carol Lawrence, market manager for PNC Community Development Banking. “PNC remains committed to supporting no-cost tax-filing services for taxpayers, and assisting unbanked consumers in economically challenged communities.”
Other VITA sites in Philadelphia are 1952 E. Allegheny Ave.; 1113 Chestnut St.; 1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Temple University’s Ritter Annex, 5th Floor; 2029 S. 8th St.; 235 W. Chelten Ave.; 428 N. 41st St.; 4117 Lancaster Ave.; 1529 N. 22nd St.; 5649 Christian St.; and 926 W. Allegheny Ave.
There are also sites in Willow Grove, Norristown, Holmes and Camden, N.J.
The centers will be open through April 15. Hours of operation are weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. ••