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MORE THAN HALF OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN THE U.S. NOW ELIGIBLE

FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION AND FILING ASSISTANCE
United Way of Onslow County and Nonprofit Partnership Kicks Off the 2017 Tax Season with Nation’s Only Free Online Tax Assistance Initiative Available in All 50 States and the District of Columbia including residents in Onslow County area

More than half of individuals and families in the United States earned $64,000 or less last year, making them eligible to receive free tax preparation and filing assistance this tax season. Unfortunately, many of these families are unaware of their options and could pay, on average, more than $200 to file their federal and state tax returns. http://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/is the only free online platform that can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Offering free English and Spanish tax support, MyFreeTaxes provides qualifying filers access to tax coaches for in-person, self-preparation assistance. The online tool allows taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free telephone 1-855-698-9435, email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. More than 47 million people self-prepared their tax returns last year, a six percent increase from 2013 filing data, according to the IRS. There are many free options for filers; however, since 2009, MyFreeTaxes has been the only nationwide initiative that has enabled millions of individuals and families to claim billions of dollars in tax credits and refunds.

Funded by the Walmart Foundation and operated in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, the National Disability Institute and United Way, MyFreeTaxes works with filers to maximize their refunds and help eligible families and individuals claim valuable tax credits to keep more of their hard-earned money

My Free Taxes is an interactive resource for information regarding tax preparation, valuable credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and personal finance, as well as access to free, in-person tax preparation sites. This partnership is made possible through the collaboration of nearly 1,000 partners including the IRS, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and state and local government agencies. In 2015, the partnership launched an improved filing experience and customized data reporting for its community partners. 

Personal finance columnist, best-selling author and financial speaker Patrice C. Washington is the national brand ambassador and spokesperson for MyFreeTaxes.com. Washington has written three books and is a regular contributor on the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Washington supports MyFreeTaxes as an easy-to-use tool for tax filers to save money and ensure their maximum refunds. The availability of in-person tax coaches and a toll-free helpline provides filers with added confidence that they will not be alone during their filing experience.

About United Way of Onslow County

United Way of Onslow County works to advance the common good in Onslow County by focusing on the building blocks for a good life - education, income, and health, and create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of community problems. The organization believes that by working together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better life for all in Onslow County.

To learn more about United Way of Onslow County, visit www.uwonslow.org, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UnitedWayOnslow, or call (910) 347-2646.

About MyFreeTaxes

MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in person, to individuals and families with household incomes of $60,000 or less in 2014. MyFreeTaxes.com is the only free online platform that can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for those who qualify. The national initiative is funded by a $4.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and championed by three leading nonprofits: Goodwill Industries International, the National Disability Institute and United Way. To learn more visit MyFreeTaxes.com or follow us on Twitter @MyFreeTaxes and find us on Facebook at MyFreeTaxes.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

Contact:

April A. Tate

Community Impact Director

United Way of Onslow County

 Phone: (910) 938-4357

atate@uwonslow.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWayOnslow