Tax Preparation

Tax Preparation

ATTENTION: As of June 30, 2023 we are no longer preparing taxes for the 2022 season. Please visit us next year for our tax preparation service.

CEOC offers free tax preparation to people with low or moderate incomes, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need help in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified staff provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This service is offered in Spanish, Amharic, Portuguese, and English.

When: CEOC will begin preparing taxes on Monday, January 30, 2023 and will stop the tax preparation service on June 30, 2023.

Who: We are able to serve returning CEOC customers who had their taxes prepared by us last year.  If you are a new CEOC tax client, we are able to serve you if you are a Cambridge resident.  All eligible clients’ income should not exceed $75,000 per year to obtain our free income tax service. During tax season, when you call our office, you may get voicemail.  Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

What: CEOC’s free tax preparation services will happen via document drop off and remote preparation this year to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Please carefully follow the instructions below in order to have your tax return processed.

Step One – Complete forms and gather documents

Please complete these three required forms:

  1. Please complete and return Form 13614-C when you submit your tax documents. If you do not have a printer, we will have blank copies of this form on our porch at 11 Inman Street.
  2. Please complete, sign and return Form 14446 when you submit your tax documents. If you do not have a printer, we will have blank copies of this form on our porch at 11 Inman Street.
  3. Please fill out this form with 2022 amounts.


Please gather these materials for physical drop off/virtual tax prep service at CEOC:

  • A copy of your Photo ID
  • A copy of Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer ID Letter (ITIN) for you, your dependents and/or your spouse
  • A copy of last year’s tax return if not prepared by CEOC
  • Copy of any mail from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and/or any mail from the IRS.
  • If you have income from employment: W2 forms from all jobs in 2022 (please keep your original and give us a photocopy). You should receive forms by January 31st from your employer
  • If you have income from self-employment (like Uber/Lyft drivers, cleaning company, childcare services): 1099-NEC and/or 1099-K, 1099-MISC, records of income not reported on 1099 forms, records of expenses (including receipts, credit statements, etc.), record of estimated tax payments
  • If you receive retirement or disability benefits: 1099-SSA form for Social Security benefits, 1099-R for retirement pension/IRA/annuity income
  • If you have unemployment income: 1099-G
  • Copies of all other relevant 1099 forms: 1099-G (for refund of state/local income taxes), 1099-T (for scholarships/fellowships), 1099-INT (bank interest), 1099-DIV (dividend statements from banks)
  • Copy of proof of health insurance: Form 1099-HC (if insured by employer), Forms 1095-A and 1099HC (if insured by Health Connector/the Marketplace), Form 1095-B, a copy of your Mass Health card (if insured through Mass Health)
  • Total child care expenses in 2022, including child care provider’s name, address, and Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Copies of all tuition payments (Form 1098T), college statements, receipts for materials purchased
  • Copy of total student loan interest paid (Form 1098E) or lender statement
  • Proof of ANY deductible out of pocket expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes, medical expenses, property tax, donations, etc.)
  • IRS Letter 6419 for monthly Child Tax Credit payments in 2022
  • IRS Letter 6475 for Economic Impact Payments in 2022
  • Total amount paid in 2022 for: rent, T-pass/MBTA card, and/or EZ Pass
  • Total amount received in 2022 in Child Tax Credit (if any)


Please double check that you have all of your documents before dropping off your materials to prevent delays in the processing.


Step 2 – Secure document drop off at 11 Inman Street

Once you complete the two forms and gather all of your information, please place all documents into one envelope (we have some on our porch at 11 Inman Street if you need one). If you request a particular preparer, please address the envelope to them.  Please include a phone number where we can reach you directly. If you’re dropping off your documents during business hours, you may come into the office and hand them off to a staff member. If outside of business hours, please drop your tax documents in the secured grey drop box on the stairs or through the mail slot in our door.


Have questions about anything on the list? Gather what you can – your preparer will be happy to answer questions when it’s time to prepare your taxes. We will contact you if we have any questions while we prepare your return and we will call you when your taxes are completed.


Step Three – About your tax preparer

Your tax preparer will stay in contact with you throughout the process and will let you know if any further information is needed.  Your preparer will contact you to arrange a date and time for you to review the tax preparation and sign the final forms required for us to submit your taxes to the IRS.


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CEOC has two food pantries!  In North Cambridge, we serve people on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 – 6 pm. In Central Square, we serve people on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 2 pm.

For COVID safety, we require face masks and social distance (6 feet distance from others).  

¡Tenemos dos despensas de comida! Nuestro sitio en 266B Rindge Avenue está abierta los lunes y los miercoles desde las 2 – 6 pm.  Nuestro sitio en 11 Inman Street está abierta los martes y los jueves 10 am – 2 pm.

Para el salúd de todos, si visita la despensa, se requiere una cubierta facial y que mantenga una distancia de seis pies entre usted y cualquier otra persona.

-last updated August 9, 2022