Ariva works to strengthen financial stability and expand financial inclusion for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
Free Tax Preparation Program
Ariva is a leader in the free tax preparation field in NYC. We help eligible NYC residents file their tax returns and claim tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Since 2003, we have prepared free tax returns for more than 100,000 clients, returning over $150 million in total refunds to NYC neighborhoods. In the 2018 tax season (and the months leading up to it), Ariva filed 13,212 free tax returns, returning $20.1 million in refunds to low-income neighborhoods like Mott Haven, East New York and Harlem. We helped 2,899 clients apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit, with an average credit of $1,791.00.
Ariva’s tax program staff and volunteers are IRS certified and we are a proud member of the NYC Free Taxes program.
Financial Counseling & Coaching
Ariva offers free financial education, counseling and coaching at our tax sites and at many locations around New York City. We provide financial counseling and coaching to more than 2,000 families each year and we have programs that can accommodate your schedule and meet your needs. For more information on our financial counseling programs or to find a counselor, click the button below.
Robert Smith, far right, of NYS Tax brings his mobile tax van to the Bronx. Pictured with Robert are Edison Ortega, COO, and Eric Pallas, President, Spring Bank, with Irene Baldwin, Executive Director, Ariva. NYS Tax and Spring Bank are long-time partners and supporters of the free tax program.
Ivan Guzman, Financial Counselor, delivers a workshop at the Mexican Consulate in New York during Financial Education Week.