Free Tax Preparation

Tax-refund-16917048MakingChange Provides Free Income Tax Preparation

MakingChange, a nonprofit in Howard County which empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability, is hosting free tax preparation services at The MultiService Center in North Laurel and The NonProfit Collaborative in Columbia. The two locations are serving as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

The Howard County sites, like other VITA sites across the country, offer free tax return preparation and filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $56,000 in 2019. The taxpayer’s eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will also be determined. This year’s tax deadline is April 15, 2020.

The MultiService Center

The MultiService Center is located at 9900 Washington Boulevard (Route 1), Suite I in Laurel. Free tax preparation services are available Monday, from 4-8 p.m.; Friday, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Saturday, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointments (recommended) at the MultiService Center, or call 443-518-7649.

If available times don’t fit your schedule, check back as the schedule is constantly updated.


The Non-Profit Center

The Non-Profit Collaborative is located at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia. Free tax preparation services are available on Wednesdays, from 4-8 p.m. CLICK HERE to make an appointment (recommended) at the Non-Profit Collaborative, or call 443-518-7649.


When you come to the FREE tax preparation session, bring the following:

  • Social Security card(s) and photo ID(s)
  • W-2 form(s) and/or 1099(s)
  • Proof of health insurance 1095(s)
  • Correspondence from the IRS, if applicable
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • Bank info for direct deposit

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer? Learn more about the opportunity by clicking here.