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Take Advantage of Free Filing This Tax Season

Gladys understands the importance of making wise financial decisions. For years, she has helped countless people establish a strong financial foundation as a financial coach. In 2016, she decided to help herself and filed her taxes using MyFreeTaxes.com.

It all started with a dental issue. Gladys, the 30-year-old financial manager, needed to visit a dentist, but she couldn’t afford it.

“I was going to do what most individuals do: pay to file my taxes and put off going to the dentist,” said Gladys. “But then my employer told me about MyFreeTaxes, and that night I logged on.”

MyFreeTaxes is filing software powered by H&R Block, a United Way partner. It is a free, safe and easy way for individuals earning less than $66,000 to file their state and federal taxes. Gladys admits she was skeptical about the service at first, but she warmed up to the idea.

“It’s that old thing of it’s just too good to be true, but then I read about the benefits,” said Gladys, who filed her taxes in less than 30 minutes. “I was shocked at how easy and user-friendly the process was. With the money I saved, I was able to visit the dentist.”

As the only free, online, national tax-filing product offered by a nonprofit, MyFreeTaxes has helped nearly one million individuals like Gladys receive their maximum refund by claiming all eligible tax credits – like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) – saving users across the county $180 million in filing fees. Since 2009, MyFreeTaxes has brought more than $1 billion in refunds back to communities.

How does it work? Simply 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. Users can:

  • File their federal taxes and up to three state returns for free.
  • Utilize error checking, online chats to navigate the process, and Refund Reveal to understand how and why the refund amount is changing.
  • Access the software from their computer, tablet or smart phone.
  • Get free customer support from IRS-certified specialists from MyFreeTaxes.com or by calling 1-855-My-TX-Help.

Are you ready to file your 2017 taxes? Visit MyFreeTaxes today to complete your tax return. The IRS began accepting electronic returns on January 29, and H&R Block will automatically submit your return when e-filing opens. Please note that as part of the PATH Act, tax refunds claiming the EITC and CTC will be held until February 15. Filers claiming those credits should expect to receive their refund no earlier than February 27.

Have questions about how tax reform might affect you? Read this helpful article. If you prefer to file your taxes in person this year, visit your nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) where IRS-trained volunteers are available to assist. As always, you may also contact 2-1-1 from anywhere in Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue and Meade counties for additional support services. 

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