PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you need help with your taxes, it might be as easy as dialing 211.

Once again, the United Way of Allegheny County has partnered with the Money In Your Pocket Coalition to help prepare tax returns for thousands of low-income households.

The program kicks off today, with 14 sites opening throughout Allegheny County, including locations in Downtown Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Moon Township, and Bellevue.

This year, the program is also expanding to residents in surrounding counties.

In addition to free tax prep, clients will receive advice on how to maximize the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the government’s largest programs aimed at helping low-income families.

Angela Reynolds of the United Way says the need is greater than ever.

“We have increased the number of tax sites that are available. We have also increased the numbers of hours that are available for appointments, because we want to make sure that we’re serving more low-income households,” Reynolds said.

Last year, the free tax program helped more than 5,800 people in western Pennsylvania.

To qualify, total income can be up to $40,000 annually for a family, or $20,000 for an individual.

To make an appointment, simply call the county’s 211 social services hotline. The hotline operates 24 hours a day.

If you qualify, you’ll be assigned one of the program’s 200 volunteers, each having undergone a rigorous certification training.

For more information, visit the United Way’s website here.


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