VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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In 2023, Through Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Volunteers:

  • 1,372 Tax Returns were prepared
  • $2.4 Million in Tax Services, including refunds, saved filing fees, credits, property tax and rent rebates

Bucks County Opportunity Council income tax preparation services are provided at no charge by IRS-certified volunteers. 

All 5 BCOC locations are now full, NO AVAILABLE appointments. If you are still in need of tax preparation assistance, please go to the IRS website by clicking the link below and enter your zip code for additional tax locations, OR you can use the website to complete your taxes on your own.

Get Free Tax Prep Help

Download the printable VITA Tax Flyer here.

VITA is funded by the IRS with support from Bucks County Foundation and the First National Bank and Trust of Newtown. - IRS software

  • Individuals and families are eligible to prepare taxes at home for FREE using IRS software. Avoid the wait and receive free, safe, and secure tax help you can trust. What You’ll Need:
    1. Social Security # or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for each family member & working adult
    2. W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and other income forms
    3. Childcare provider name, address and tax ID, if applicable
    4. Bank routing and account numbers for checking or savings account


    Questions About Filing Your Return Online? You can call the toll-FREE MyFreeTaxes Helpline at 1-855-MyTxHelp (855-698-9435) to get assistance from an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Preparer.

Tax Relief Credits and Programs

The Child Tax Credit 

The Child Tax Credit helps families with qualifying children get a tax break. You may be able to claim the credit even if you don’t normally file a tax return.

You qualify for the full amount of the 2023 Child Tax Credit for each qualifying child if you meet all eligibility factors,  and your annual income is not more than $200,000 ($400,000 if filing a joint return).

Please use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant to check if you qualify.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit that can help individuals and families with low to moderate incomes pay less in taxes. Using this credit, you could be eligible to get more money back from the IRS!

The IRS estimates four of five eligible workers claim and get EITC; however, non-traditional families — such as grandparents raising grandchildren, childless workers, and non-English speaking taxpayers are among those who most frequently overlook the credit.

Eligibility and refund size for the EITC is based on several factors. These include, but are not limited to, the amount of your income (or combined incomes if married) and the number and age of qualifying children. Note – workers without children may also qualify for EITC.

To check your eligibility for EITC and to learn more, visit the EITC Home Page.

PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians aged 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities aged 18 and older. The income limit is $45,000 a year for homeowners and $45,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $1,000. You can now file online. Visit the PA Department of Revenue website to learn more.