Here at Ariva, we are committed to empowering you with the financial knowledge and resources you need so that economic prosperity can be your reality. Our work is the first step toward long-term wealth building, and we exist to support you on your journey to financial independence.
We are the top free tax preparation community-based organization in the Bronx, with 13 sites, including three year-round locations and 20 mobile tax days. We help eligible New York City residents file their tax returns and claim credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Since 2003, we have prepared free tax returns for more than 100,000 clients, returning over $100 million in total refunds to underserved communities.
All of Ariva’s tax program staff and volunteers are IRS-certified. All of our tax sites are sponsored by the IRS VITA program.
“We really are about the people; it’s not about the numbers for us. Our clients come in and need help: people share their stories, and you never know what they’re going through. We care about them and take our work personally. We teach our clients how to do better financially each year.” – Maribel Montilla, our Tax Program Director
We can help you get an ITIN if you don’t have one and are not eligible for a Social Security number.
Thanks to our program partners, we’ve expanded access to our free on-site tax preparation services. Please look at our Locations to find the tax locations nearest you.
If you live in New York City and your income is less than $32,000 a year ($54,000 if you have dependents), we’re here to help!
Our services are open to all income-eligible New Yorkers and centered around underserved communities, such as immigrants, veterans, women, and people of color, as our mission is to create economic justice by removing barriers to access to financial resources and education.
If you don’t have a Social Security number, we can help you apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), so you can file your return. If you haven’t filed in a few years, we can file some prior-year returns for you as well. If you are self-employed, we can probably do your return if you have less than $25,000 in business expenses.
Read our Free Tax Preparation Checklist before you visit us. Trust us. It will save you a lot of time!
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