Because all appointments for the AARP Tax Preparation Services are now taken with no further slots available, here is an alternative for taxpayers: the United Way has announced the launch of this tax season’s MyFreeTaxes.com website. For the 12th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, accessible through MyFreeTaxes®, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. This is a free and easy way to file simple federal and state tax returns for free. More than 1.2 Million MyFreeTaxes® Filers Have Used MyFreeTaxes since 2009.
Seventy percent of U.S. taxpayers are eligible to file their taxes for free – but many of them don’t know about MyFreeTaxes. United Way offers MyFreeTaxes to help people file their federal and state tax returns without spending any money in tax preparation fees. For those who need assistance filing their taxes, MyFreeTaxes connects them to the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
“Taxes can be a source of confusion and stress for Americans,” said Michael Gower, Executive Director of United Way of Gloucester County. “Many of us are intimidated by the complexities of taxes and afraid to make a mistake that will cost money. With MyFreeTaxes, you can take advantage of all the tax credits and deductions you qualify for. That’s especially important now, as so many are struggling in the wake of the pandemic.”
Key features of the online tool include:
● Screens for credit and deduction eligibility such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to ensure filers receive their maximum tax refund, and lets filers check for any missed stimulus payments
● Shows filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time
● Allows individuals to use their mobile phone, tablet or computer to file taxes
● Help from a real person trained by the IRS via the MyFreeTaxes’ Helpline. The Helpline is open from 10 am-10 pm EST daily to clarify things like filing status.
MyFreeTaxes is FREE for all simple returns and includes schedule C options. A list of the tax forms included in this free offering is available by visiting MyFreeTaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes users can also contact United Way of Gloucester County for additional resources or to find ways to volunteer to support the community.