Press Release: United Way Encourages Free Tax Preparation Before April 15 Deadline

SPRINGFIELD – With tax day fast approaching on April 15, United Way of Central Illinois is encouraging low-to-moderate-income households who have not yet filed their taxes to visit

Utilizing filing software powered by H&R Block, MyFreeTaxes offers individuals and families earning less than $66,000 in 2018 a free, safe and easy way to file their state and federal taxes in under an hour from the comfort of their own homes.

“Tax season is a source of confusion and stress for most Americans, especially since this year is our first under the new tax code,” said John Kelker, United Way of Central Illinois President. “Many filers are worried they’ll make a mistake, won’t get their full refund or will pay too much. With MyFreeTaxes, filers have the support of a proven provider in H&R Block to reduce confusion from recent changes to tax laws and the support of United Way that assists individuals in our community with achieving financial stability.”

MyFreeTaxes users get access to H&R Block’s premium product with enhanced features to ensure filers get every dollar they deserve; the program screens for credit and deduction eligibility such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to ensure filers receive their maximum tax refund. To qualify for EITC, a filer must have earned income from working for someone or from running or owning a business or farm and meet basic rules. He or she must either meet additional rules for workers without a qualifying child or have a child that meets all the appropriate qualifications.

Since its launch in 2009, MyFreeTaxes has helped more than 1.1 million users nationally receive over $1.7 billion in tax refunds. Last year in Sangamon and Menard Counties, MyFreeTaxes saved households a total of $14,784 in filing fees and provided $150,948 in tax return savings.

How does it work? Simply go to, create or log in to your secured account, and upload a photo of your W-2 and MyFreeTaxes will automatically fill in your information. The filing software also guarantees that all tax returns are 100% accurate.

For those who prefer to file their taxes in person this year, visit your nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site where IRS-trained volunteers are available to provide assistance. These local sites can be found on our website at As always, you may also call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Sangamon and Menard counties for additional support services.

Partnering with H&R Block to offer MyFreeTaxes is just one way that United Way fights for the financial stability of every person in our community.