United Way offering free online tax preparation

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BELLEFONTAINE – The countdown to tax day has begun! And United Way is offering a free online service to assist households earning less than $62,000 a year to file their income taxes.

MyFreeTaxes.com is an online tool that allows eligible taxpayers nationwide to file state and federal tax returns for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes telephone, e-mail and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. The process takes less than an hour and saves participants $200.

MyFreeTaxes.com helps maximize refunds for eligible families and individuals so they can claim valuable tax credits to help keep more money in their pockets.

A new national survey finds 72 percent of working Americans making that amount or less are unaware they qualify for free tax filing and counseling. According to the IRS, only 1.5 percent of Logan County residents filed their taxes for free last year. Most paid an average of $260 to have someone help prepare their returns.

“We recognize that affordable tax preparation services are out of reach for many in our community,” said United Way of Logan County Executive Director Dave Bezusko. “In addition to the savings derived from using this service, taxpayers can reduce the amount of income tax they pay by claiming valuable credits. We know that tax refunds help many in our community achieve greater financial stability, and we want to help them keep more of what they earn.”

Tax refunds help working Americans put money in their pockets for everyday items and save for the future. About 23 percent of those asked say they spend their refunds for food, while 22 percent spend the money on housing costs; 31 percent use their refunds for utilities. A quarter of those who receive refunds put the money into savings or invest the funds for the future.

MyFreeTaxes.com is an easy, fast, secure filing site powered by H&R Block.

It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.

For more information, visitwww.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.

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Submitted by the United Way of Logan County.

Submitted by the United Way of Logan County.