Volunteer Information

Southern Tier CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope)

Southern Tier CA$H  is an IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offering free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities,the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

If you file your own taxes, you can miss out on valuable tax credits that can lower the amount you owe or increase your refund -- credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers with "earned" income-wages or income from a small business. CA$H volunteers can prepare both your federal and state tax returns, and help you find tax credits for which you are eligible.

  • It's free! Using a paid preparer can cost $250 or more per person; the CA$H program costs nothing.
  • It's fast! By e-filing and having your refund direct-deposited, you will receive your money quicker.
  • It's convenient! CA$H appointments are available at sites across the Southern Tier, and at times that work for you.
  • It's accurate! CA$H volunteers are trained by IRS-approved specialists and must complete certification tests before completing any returns.
  • Financial Resources

    Do you work but still have a hard time making ends meet? Need information about saving for the future? 
    Click below for resources, including information on replacing your Social Security Card, getting a copy of your W2, signing up for health insurance, amending your tax return or other financial needs.

    Making An Appointment

    When you receive all of your 2015 W-2s, it's time to call 2-1-1 Helpline and make your appointment!

    2-1-1 will begin taking appointment calls Wednesday January 20, 2016 for filing your 2015 personal income tax return. Click below for more information on making your appointment.

    Filing Your Own Taxes

    If you want to file your own tax return, the Southern Tier CA$H program is offering eligible families the chance to use helpful software and file both their federal and state taxes for free. MyFreeTaxes will be available from February through October.