Tips for Tax Season from United Way of Central Illinois

You’ve likely heard the adage, “Nothing in life is certain except death and taxes.” Well, thanks to United Way at least one of those things is easier.

United Way partners with industry leader H&R Block to help people easily and accurately file both their federal and state taxes through MyFreeTaxes. MyFreeTaxes is mobile optimized so anyone can access from their computer, tablet or smart phone. Most filers complete their taxes in less than hour.

In preparation for the tax season, here are some key tips to consider:

  1. Don’t pay to file your taxes. If your household earned $66,000 or less in 2017 you can file both your federal and state returns for free using This is the only free, online, national tax filing product offered by a nonprofit, and United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers because our mission is to fight for the financial stability of every person in every community.
  2. “Free” doesn’t always mean free. Some “free” tax prep products only cover federal (not state) filing, or charge extra for anything beyond the most basic forms. But MyFreeTaxes is completely free for individuals and families who earned less than $66,000 in 2017 — whether you file in multiple states, work freelance or a side gig, or earn investment income.
  3. Let the experts handle the details. MyFreeTaxes is powered by H&R Block’s Premium software, so filing is easy, secure, and guaranteed to be 100 percent accurate. The software scans for any tax credit you’re entitled to, so you’ll get your maximum refund. If you have questions along the way, IRS-certified specialists are ready to solve any tax conundrum in real time.

Almost a million people nationwide have used MyFreeTaxes, bringing over $1 billion of refunds back to our local communities. United Way of Central Illinois is committed to ensuring that people in Sangamon and Menard Counties can easily and accurately file their taxes to receive the refunds and credits they deserve.

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