Hey, Tulsa: Use an IRS-certified tax preparer this season — for free!

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Your tax refund can be like getting a big extra paycheck.

You’re likely entitled to tax credits and a refund in the 2022 tax year.

What is Get Your Refund Tulsa?

Get Your Refund Tulsa is a program made possible by non-profit organizations Goodwill Tulsa and Tulsa Responds. This partnership offers free tax preparation services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

Unlike paid preparers, who aren’t required to be certified, VITA volunteers are trained extensively and must certify through the IRS annually. In addition, all tax returns are Quality Reviewed by a preparer before they’re submitted, which helps maintain accuracy rates higher than 90 percent.

Valet Tax Help

Drop off tax documents at any of these sites for scanning and uploading and receive a follow-up call once your taxes are prepared and ready to be verified.

How can I file my taxes for free?

Option 1: In-Person Appointments

Make a free appointment to meet with an IRS-certified tax preparer in person. You’ll want to bring necessary documents to your appointment and go over them with your preparer.

This option is best for people who might be unfamiliar with the tax-filing process and may have questions about how it works, or enjoy the convenience of having the entire tax-filing process taken care of in a single appointment. This process takes about two hours if you have all the necessary documentation with you. Otherwise, this may take multiple appointments.

This is also a good option for those without an internet-connected device with a camera or those who are not comfortable using a computer.

You will be required to mask and socially distance during your In-Person Appointment.

Learn More + Book Your In-Person Filing Appointment →

Option 2: Virtual Filing

File your taxes virtually using GetYourRefund.org/gwt, for free. You'll be able to submit tax documents using your smartphone, tablet, or computer equipped with a camera to be processed by a Tulsa-area certified tax preparer for a tax return.

After all necessary documentation is submitted, you’ll be in contact with your tax preparer to verify your tax information. After speaking with a quality reviewer over the phone and signing the final version of your return, your quality reviewer will send your return to the IRS.

This option is best for people who have the necessary documentation ready for upload and are comfortable using a computer or smartphone. This is also a good option for those who are concerned about meeting in-person due to Covid-19 or other health concerns.

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Valet Tax Help

Drop off tax documents at any of these sites for scanning and uploading and receive a follow-up call once your taxes are prepared and ready to be verified.

How do I know if I should file?

If your household makes less than $58K per year, you are eligible to get free tax preparation by IRS-certified tax preparers.

Even those who don’t make enough income to owe taxes should strongly consider filing their taxes because they may otherwise miss out on the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. These are large tax credits designed to help families.

Filing your taxes will also allow you to receive any missing stimulus checks from 2020 and 2021.

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What would you do with $2,600?

Here's how your neighbors are using their tax credits.

Bills
Home Improvement
Car Repair
School Supplies
Special Occasion

"One year I had a lot of medical bills that I paid. I'd had a heart attack. I'd been to the hospital. I didn't know how I was going to pay them. I got the earned income tax credit. It was like $5,000 that year and I paid off my medical bills."

— Tom

“Most of the time the tax credit is for fixing my car. Sometimes I can buy something for my daughter — that makes me happy.”

— Ana

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for free tax filing help?

If your household earns less than $58,000 per year, you can file taxes for free with the help of Goodwill VITA, a partnership through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), managed locally by Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

Do I have to file taxes once I start this process?

No. Your certified tax preparer will let you know how much your refund will be or how much you owe before submitting the documents. It is up to you whether you want to finalize the process to file your taxes.

If your household earns less than $58,000 per year, you can file taxes for free with the help of Goodwill VITA, a partnership between the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa.

I’ve heard filing taxes can be confusing and complicated. Is this true?

We agree that tax-filing is more complicated than it should be. That’s why we’re offering free help from certified tax experts who will do the hard work for you. All you need to do is gather and upload the right documents. We’ll take it from there!

Who will see the documents I upload if I file virtually?

We’re partnering with GetYourRefund.org, a website created by the nonprofit Code For America, to allow for safe and easy tax document uploading. Your documents will only be seen by local, Tulsa-area certified tax preparers working on your return.

You can learn more about your privacy, confidentiality, and civil rights here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4299.pdf

When should I expect to get my refund and credits?

According to the IRS, most Americans should get their refunds within 21 days of filing. Any refund that involves the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit will be issued after mid-February.

What if I didn’t receive my stimulus check(s)?

If a taxpayer didn't get the stimulus check(s) to which they were entitled or didn't get the right amount, the quickest way to claim that is by filing your taxes and making sure it is noted on your tax return. Make sure to let your certified tax preparer know when meeting with them.

Why would the federal government offer free money like this?

Created by lawmakers in 1975, the EITC is designed to give working Americans and their families a tax break. In turn, these families will help boost the national, state, and local economy by using this money to buy groceries, school supplies, home improvements, and more. Today, the EITC is one of the largest anti-poverty tools in the United States. 

The United States federal child tax credit (CTC) is a tax credit for parents with dependent children. The child tax credit was created in 1997 as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997.

Who are these certified tax preparers working on my tax return?

Unlike paid preparers, who aren’t required to have a professional credential, VITA volunteers are trained extensively and must certify through the IRS annually. In addition, all tax returns are reviewed by at least one other preparer before they’re submitted, which helps maintain accuracy rates higher than 90 percent.

Volunteers are patient and are happy to explain the tax filing process to help you understand your tax returns and tax filing responsibilities.

Why are Goodwill and Tulsa Responds offering this free service?

Many households forego their full refund by using a paid preparer, and often the households who need this money the most. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and Tulsa Responds believe expert tax preparation services should be available to anyone who wants them.

By providing free high-quality tax preparation — both in-person and virtual — these organizations are able to help every tax-filing household receive the maximum refund it is entitled to. On a larger scale, they are helping to create a healthier Tulsa economy with every refund dollar that is spent at Tulsa's local businesses.

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Send us a message below, and a Tulsa Responds Navigator will get back to you in 1 business day. Or, give us a call at (918) 900-0918.

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