United Way Helps You Keep Your Tax Refund

My Free Taxes logoMyFreeTaxes.com is helping you save money this tax season, thanks to a national partnership between United Way, Goodwill Industries and National Disability Institute. The program is being spearheaded locally by United Way California Capital Region and aims to provide qualified residents with free, easy tax help they can trust so they can maximize their refund and receive credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit.

MyFreeTaxes.com helps people save an average of $200 in tax preparer fees by filing for free. The website guides users through federal and state filing using software powered by H&R Block. Users qualify if their household income was $60,000 or less in 2014, and will need a valid email address and income forms.

“We want our neighbors to keep more money in their pockets and make our community stronger by taking advantage of tax credits,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO. “This website is an easy and effective way to file your taxes and save your money for what matters most to you.”

MyFreeTaxes.com was founded seven years ago and is now available in all 50 states. The website is sponsored by Walmart.

United Way California Capital Region is promoting the program locally as part of its financial stability initiative that is working to ensure more households in our region are financially stable and self-sufficient – including foster youth. United Way’s $en$e-Ability project is helping low-moderate income households and foster youth improve financial literacy, manage finances and increase savings. Eighty-eight percent of adults in the project are demonstrating better financial skills and have savings accounts, and 90 percent of foster youth are earning credits toward matched savings accounts. United Way also is leading the local Assets & Opportunity Network as part of the financial stability initiative, mobilizing a group of nonprofits, companies and volunteers to look at financial stability data in our community and increase the number of people thriving.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.