Why Choose the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition to Prepare Your Taxes?


Maximize your tax return and keep every penny!

With nearly 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County residents are struggling to get by financially, it’s crucial that we offer taxpayers a free and accessible way to receive all of the credits they are due and the entirety of their refund. Paid tax preparers often charge hundreds of dollars in filing fees and expensive refund advancement products. These fees are very difficult or impossible for some families to afford, especially single parents caring for children, people who’ve recently been laid off, and seniors on a fixed income. In contrast, our high-quality tax preparation program offers hardworking families and individuals an alternative to paid preparers that is completely free of charge.

Read how our clients have benefited from our free program: 

“I am a single mother of six. Last year H&R Block prepared my taxes and I was charged almost $500. I felt like it was too much. That money could have gone towards a bill or my children. They gave me a card and charged me to spend my money that I worked very hard for. It is robbery. Thank you.”

“I'm facing an eviction because I got laid off and I couldn't afford to get my taxes prepared, thank goodness for this program.”

"I used to pay $300 to $400 each year to get my taxes done. That's a lot of money when you're retired and on a fixed income. Now I don't pay any fees - and I'm getting service that's just as good as what I had before."


Benefit from our expertise in tax preparation.

Filing your taxes can be an overwhelming and stressful experience, especially for taxpayers who are busy working hard to provide for themselves and their families. Our volunteers here at the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition undergo in-depth training to become IRS-certified tax preparers, so you can be confident that we’ll thoroughly assess your taxes and file them accurately. We’ll also help you determine your eligibility for asset-building programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Read what our clients have to say about our expert tax preparation:

“It takes the scary out of getting your taxes done.”

“I don't have to worry about if my taxes are being done correctly.”

“They took their time and made sure everything was completed.”


Get personal assistance from dedicated volunteers.

Not only are our volunteers IRS-certified and knowledgeable in tax preparation, they also care deeply about the people in their community. Many of our clients return to us each year and commend our volunteers for their kind and respectful attitude, patient assistance, and professional manner.

Read what our clients have to say about our volunteers:

“My tax preparer was excellent. [He] checked over my return and double checked. I appreciate the care he gave to me.”

“The tax preparer was very friendly and explained everything perfectly. She answered all my questions and gave me information about other resources that I needed to fill out my city taxes. Greatly appreciated.”

“Great services, wonderful people! Very professional, punctual, caring and knowledgeable.”

“Everyone was courteous and treated me professionally.”

Dial 2-1-1 or schedule an appointment online with the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition to see if you qualify for the EITC and other asset-building programs.