According to a survey, many Local 79 members said they spent $200 or more to have someone prepare their taxes. The New York City Office of Consumer Affairs taxpayer website, which has useful information about no-cost tax preparation, is available by clicking here. Note that you may be able to avoid filing fees if you fit into one of the categories below:

If you have dependents and earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free assistance preparing your tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Note that these services do not cover complicated tax returns. To see the type of returns covered and not covered by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, click here.

If you are 60 or older, you can receive free tax preparation assistance through Tax Counseling for the Elderly. For locations, click here.

If you made less than $60,000 in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free online through also offers free federal and state filing for people filing form 1040EZ or 1040A.