Oshkosh, WI, March 16, 2018 – For years, the Oshkosh Area United Way has partnered with the University of WI Oshkosh College of Business to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This year, all available tax appointments have already been filled, however, people who are comfortable working on computers have another option.
Through a national partnership, local United Ways are part of a larger network which is offering MyFreeTaxes as an online option. What makes this service even more attractive to users is that recently-enhanced features to MyFreeTaxes will allow most filers to complete their state and federal taxes in less than one hour.
MyFreeTaxes.com is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning less than $66,000 to file their federal and state taxes.
For the past nine years, United Way has partnered with H&R Block to provide free tax filing services for federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since that time, the partnership has helped nearly a million people file their returns, bringing more than $1 billion in refunds back to local communities.
“Tax season is a source of confusion and stress for many Americans,” said Sue Panek, Executive Director. “So if we can make it less confusing and FREE, we want to let as many people as possible know about this option!” Some reasons many people do not prepare their own tax returns are they are worried they will make a mistake, they won’t get their full refund or they will pay too much. With MyFreeTaxes, filers can get support from IRS-certified specialists and cut down the time it takes to complete their returns.
MyFreeTaxes users get access to H&R Block premium product with enhanced features to ensure filers get every dollar they deserve:
• Ability to upload an image of your W-2, allowing MyFreeTaxes to automatically fill in your information;
• Free, unlimited, personalized real-time chat and phone support in English and Spanish from IRS-certified specialists at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP. The helpline operates from January 22 through April 30, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturdays;
• Refund RevealTM shows filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time; and
• Advanced functionality for those working in the gig economy or who need to include information regarding real estate investments, stock options or inheritance taxes.
Taxpayers earning less than $66,000 can enter their data through MyFreeTaxes.com, which links to a secure H&R Block website, making it easy to complete their taxes from home, at work or on mobile devices.
MyFreeTaxes is supported by United Way, and users can contact their local United Way for other local resources, or find ways to volunteer and further support their community. MyFreeTaxes comes with the same brand promise as all H&R Block’s products: that consumers are guaranteed a maximum refund, 100 percent accuracy, and 100 percent satisfaction. H&R Block’s DIY products are based on 60-plus years of preparing income tax returns.
Last year, 72 local taxpayers took advantage of MyFreeTaxes for free. They received an average of $1,726. So far this tax season, 37 local people have used the free service receiving an average refund of $1,944.
The Oshkosh Area United Way has been serving the community for 56 years. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. When one succeeds we all succeed. MyFreeTaxes is just one more way United Way is reaching out to people in our community.