United Way Offers Free Online Tax Filing Tool

United Way of 1000 Lakes is excited to announce the launch of this tax season’s MyFreeTaxes tax filing software, accessible through MyFreeTaxes.com, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. MyFreeTaxes® is a free and easy way to file federal and state tax returns for free. 

“Taxes can be a source of confusion and stress,” said United Way Executive Director Kim Brink Smith.  “Many of us are intimidated by the complexities of taxes and afraid to make a mistake that will cost money. With MyFreeTaxes, you can take advantage of all the tax credits and deductions you qualify for. That’s especially important now, as so many are struggling in the wake of the pandemic.”

Key features of the online tool include:

  • Screens for credit and deduction eligibility such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to ensure filers receive their maximum tax refund, and lets filers check for any missed stimulus payments
  • Shows filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time
  • Allows individuals to use their mobile phone, tablet, or computer to file taxes
  • Help from a real person trained by the IRS via the MyFreeTaxes’ Helpline. The Helpline is open from 9 am-9 pm CST daily to clarify things like filing status.
  • Access to additional financial products and resources, including free access to a student debt management tool that will help employees easily lower payments or find loan forgiveness.

Available because of United Way of 1000 Lakes’ membership in the worldwide United Way network, MyFreeTaxes is FREE for all returns and includes schedule C options. A list of the tax forms included in this free offering is available by visiting MyFreeTaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes users can also contact United Way of 1000 Lakes at info@uwlakes.org or 218-999-7570 for additional resources or to find ways to volunteer to support the community.

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