Free Tax Prep Program

PEACE, Inc. Free Tax Prep offers FREE Federal and NYS income tax preparation to income eligible individuals* to our Central New York neighbors.

By free, we mean 100% FREE!

NO tax preparation fees,
NO hidden fees, and
NO one trying to sell you other products or services.

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PEACE, Inc. Free Tax Prep:
1201 E Fayette St, Suite 22
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315.634.3756

Service is provided by appointment only.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

Do You Qualify for Free Tax Preparation?
  • Your total household income is under $60,000
  • Your investment income is less than $3,500
  • You reside in Onondaga County and
  • You had income from wages self-employment, pension, or government benefits
  • You did not own rental property
  • You did not declare bankruptcy
  • You did not receive military pay
  • If you are self-employed, you did, not have employees or inventory, you did not deduct your home as an expense, and you did not have a business loss

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

What to Bring to a Tax Appointment?

Personal documents

    • Picture ID for you (and your spouse if filing jointly)
    • Social Security Cards, Social Security Number verification letters, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letters for you, your spouse, and any dependents
    • Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return
    • For faster returns: Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a
      voided check or a letter from the bank
    • 2019 and 2020 tax return, if you have them

Bring all documents that apply.

Employment Income

    • W-2 form(s) for all jobs last year

Self-Employment Income

    • 1099-NEC and/or 1099-K
    • Records of income not reported on 1099 forms
    • Records of expenses including receipts, credit statements totaled.
    • Record of estimated tax payments

Retirement Income

    • SSA-1099 form for Social Security benefits
    • 1099-R for pension/IRA/annuity income

Unemployment Income

    • 1099-G for unemployment benefits

Other sources of income

    • 1099-G for refund of state/local income taxes
    • 1098-T for scholarships/fellowships
    • 1099-R for disability income
    • Income or loss from the sale of stocks, bonds, or real estate
    • Alimony received
    • Statements for prizes or lottery/gambling winnings
    • Interest and dividend statements from banks
    • Records for any other income


You may be able to claim tax deductions for some of the expenses you have. These deductions reduce the income you are taxed on. Bring documentation for all of the following expenses you have.

    • Retirement contributions, including a 401(k) or IRA
    • State and local taxes you’ve paid
    • Mortgage statements and property tax bills if you are a homeowner
    • College tuition (1098-T) and student loan statements (Form 1098-E)
    • Childcare expenses, including payment records or receipts and provider’s name, address, and federal tax ID number (either their Social Security Number or Employment Identification Number)
    • Receipts for charitable donations paid by cash or check
    • Medical and dental paid bills
    • Records for supplies used as an educator

Other Tax Documents or Notices

    • Form 1095-A if you had coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace
    • Anything that says “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT”
Get Refund Status

What You Will Need

    • Tax year
    • Social security number or ITIN
    • Your filing status
    • Your exact refund amount
    • For State only: Form you filed – Choose IT-201

For your Federal Refund Status Visit:
For your State Refund Status Visit:

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PEACE, Inc. is a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site and a member of the CNY CA$H Coalition. VITA sites provide free preparation from tax-law certified volunteers for anyone with a household income of less than $60,000 per year.