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Free Tax Preparation Assistance

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If you’re unsure how to do your taxes, have specific questions, or want to be sure you’re completing the forms correctly, MakingChange can guide you.

You’re eligible to meet with one of our IRS-certified volunteers if you earn $57,000 or less annually. It’s a great alternative to companies that charge you for advice, not just because our help is free but also because we make it a personal experience. Our volunteers spend time with you to learn about your specific tax situation, and with a one-on-one connection they can provide customized assistance.

Preparing your taxes can be confusing, so we offer guidance in plain language that’s easy to understand. We’re going to make you feel comfortable that you are filing your taxes accurately and even can help you if you haven’t filed in a while or if you owe back taxes. Clients trust us and come back year after year. So do our volunteers, because they love what they do.

Tax Services for 2021

Tax assistance offered by Making Change to Howard County residents by trained volunteers at the Laurel MultiService Center has now reached capacity. We are no longer able to accept new appointments at this location. We now recommend that you visit one of the alternate locations listed below. 

You may continue to contact us at 443-518-7649 if you have a question about an existing appointment. Be sure to leave a message and include your name and telephone number for a call back.

When: February 17, 2021 – May 3, 2021
(During other times of the year, please contact the CASH Campaign of Maryland.)

Where: The MultiService Center
9900 Washington Blvd, Suite I
Laurel, MD 20723

Days/Hours of Operation:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 4:00 PM to 8:00PM
Saturdays: 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Alternate Locations:

Prince George’s County Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD., 20774
301-546-5254
www.pgcc.edu/go/tax

University of Maryland College Park VITA
7621 Mowatt Lane
College Park, MD., 20740
www.terptaxumd.org

Bain 50+ Center
AARP Foundation Tax Aide
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia, MD., 21044
443-741-1220

East Columbia 50+ Center
AARP Foundation Tax Aide
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD., 21045
443-741-1220

Safe and Contactless Procedure

The new process outlined below is designed for the safety of clients, volunteers, and staff, while ensuring security of client documents. Don’t forget to wear your mask!

Step 1:

Drive up to the MultiService Center and knock on the door.
A volunteer will greet you and take your documents to scan.

Step 2:

A volunteer will give you a consent form to sign.
Sign and return the form to the volunteer.

Step 3:

After scanning your documents, a volunteer will return your documents to you.

Step 4:

A Volunteer Tax Preparer will contact you directly to schedule an appointment to prepare your taxes.

What you should bring:

I have always enjoyed the challenge of preparing my own taxes each year. In 2011, I started volunteering at VITA with MakingChange and helping families in Howard County complete their tax forms. It is such a win-win and a delight to see the smiles and appreciation of our VITA clients as this yearly task is finished.

- Tom Burtzlaff, VITA volunteer

Learn more about our free tax preparation services by
calling us at (443) 518-7647 or completing our Contact form.

Please visit this page in December for information about scheduling an appointment with one of our volunteers.

Would you like to become a volunteer? Learn about volunteering with MakingChange.