Last year was a remarkable one for us here at Ariva! We’re so proud of the innovations we launched to meet the needs of our community in the midst of a global pandemic in its second year. Read on for a recap of what we accomplished in 2022 in our Tax Program:

Our Free Tax Preparation Services

Though we didn’t expect to face a second tax season in the midst of Covid-19, we navigated the challenges by implementing new strategies, including our virtual volunteer training program and supporting folks with tax preparation online, via the phone and in-person at select sites. 

Due to pandemic-related high unemployment, we saw reduced eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2022. However, we saw an increase in the utilization of the expanded Child Tax Credit and supported our community with educational content on our blog and social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Through a combination of drop-off, virtual, and in-person free tax filing NYC services, our team of partners, staff, and volunteers supported more than 5,731 Bronx residents, bringing in a total of $11,936,353 in tax refunds to the community!

Our 2022 NYC Free Tax Prep by the Numbers:

  • 5,731+ Tax Returns Filed 
  • $11.9+ Million in Tax Refunds
  • 275+ ITIN Applications & Renewals Filed
  • 40 Volunteers 

We are proud to offer free tax preparation services year-round at four locations. And, more than anything, we continue to be deeply grateful for our dedicated volunteers and the support of our partners and donors. Without them, none of this is possible. 

Volunteers can work with folks in-person or virtually from the comfort of your home. No experience necessary. We provide the training and support you need and invite you into our supportive volunteer community. 

Interested in learning more about what it means to help families across New York City through free tax preparation? Read about it and sign up here.