Free Income Tax Prep

Our VITA site is closed for 2021. We look forward to serving you in 2022!

For important information on Individual Tax Payer Identification Numbers (ITIN), including how to renew yours if you haven’t used it at least once on a federal tax return in the last three years or if your ITIN is expiring and needs renewed, please see the following website:

Through a partnership with the Housing Authority for the City of Frederick and with the support of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax preparers, we are committed to helping our neighbors with low and moderate incomes receive 100% FREE tax preparation support so they can get back their maximum refund and save more of their hard-earned money

In 2019 alone, our VITA volunteers connected 600 local households to tax credits, saving them approximately $150,000 in tax preparation fees and bringing back $1.1 million in refunds to the community.

Qualifying taxpayers can take advantage of this service at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center. The service will be available from February 1 through April 15.

Important Note: Please see this page for future updates for inclement weather closings or delays. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please call 2-1-1 or 866-411-6803.

If you earned less than $57,000 in 2020...

... our IRS-certified VITA volunteers will prepare and e-file your taxes completely free of charge at our VITA location! Appointments are required and you can make yours starting in January by simply dialing 2-1-1, a free line operated locally by the Mental Health Association of Frederick County. You may also call 866-411-6803 to reach the Frederick call center directly. Our free tax preparation service is offered through the Prosperity Center, a partnership between United Way and the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, and thanks to the support from Frederick County Government, the Ausherman Family Foundation. the Cash Campaign of MD and our generous donors. We are also excited to be starting a new partnership with the Asian American Center of Frederick County to increase the number of Frederick County households claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and additional child tax credit to reduce the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for Frederick County children.


Bernard W. Brown Community Center 
(629 N. Market St, Frederick MD 21701)

  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (only open for clients to come in for final return signature)


IMPORTANT: To get free help in filing your taxes at our drop off site, you will need to bring a photo identification card for you and your spouse (if applicable) and a Social Security card for each person on your tax return. This tax preparation checklist will help you ensure you have all required documents in advance of your appointment. 

If you prefer to do your taxes on your own online OR made more than $57,000 in 2020...

You qualify for Online Taxes if:

  • Under $72,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), or
  • Eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), or
  • Active Duty Military and under $72,000 AGI
  • Free state return if you qualify for a free federal return

If you earned more than $72,000....

... we're not leaving you behind! Even though you don't qualify for the drop-off service or free Online Taxes, you can still file your taxes completely free of charge using United Way's free online filing service. Simply visit to prepare and file your federal and state taxes at no cost to you. No filing fees!

Over the past eight years, has helped over 750,000 taxpayers across the country claim every deduction and credit they deserve. Your e-filing will be even more secure with recently enhanced security features designed to further safeguard taxpayer information, and an updated user interface makes using the site easier than ever.

Are you getting all the tax credits you’re eligible for?

We work to educate eligible residents on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit which can help working families leverage larger returns.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families. In addition to the EITC, some families also can get the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which can be worth up to $1,000 per child. A single person who earned less than $14,800 last year and a family of five that earned less than $53,505 may qualify for a refundable EITC. Low-income seniors may qualify for the Tax Credit for the Elderly. The credits can reduce the amount of income taxes workers owe – but even workers who owe no taxes can qualify for credits. According to the IRS, the average refund was about $2,800 during the 2014 tax season.

Do you know about the EITC tax refund delays?

If you are a taxpayer claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), please read this. For the third year, the IRS will begin releasing your refunds after February 15. However, the agency cautions taxpayers that these refunds are not likely to start arriving in bank accounts or on debit cards until the week of February 27. To find out more about this important change, please click here.


This program is funded in part by a Community Partnership Grant from Frederick County Government. 


Click to download the 2021 VITA free tax prep flier

Click to download the 2021 VITA free tax prep flier in Spanish