Tips for Tax Season from United Way Suncoast

Filing your taxes doesn’t have to be hard – or expensive. United Way partners with industry leader H&R Block to help people easily and accurately file both their federal and state taxes through MyFreeTaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes™ is mobile optimized, so anyone can access MyFreeTaxes.com from their computer, tablet or smart phone. You can also have IRS-certified volunteers prepare your taxes and ensure you get the largest refund for which you qualify at one of our tax sites.

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, here are some tips to consider:

Don’t pay to file your taxes.
If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2017 you can file both your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com or have our volunteers prepare them for you. This is the only free, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit. United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers as part of the fight for the financial stability of every person in every community.

“Free” doesn’t always mean free.
Some “free” tax preparation products only cover federal (not state) filing, or charge extra for anything beyond the most basic forms. MyFreeTaxes.com is completely free for individuals and families who earned less than $66,000 in 2017 — whether you file in multiple states, work freelance, have a side gig, or earn investment income.

Let the experts handle the details.
MyFreeTaxes.com is powered by H&R Block’s premium software, so filing is easy, secure, and guaranteed to be 100% accurate. The software scans for any tax credit you’re entitled to, making sure you get your maximum refund. If you have questions along the way, IRS-certified specialists are ready to answer your questions in real time.

Almost a million people nationwide have used MyFreeTaxes.com, bringing over $1 billion of refunds back to our local communities. United Way Suncoast is committed to ensuring that people in our region can easily and accurately file their taxes to receive the refunds and credits they deserve. Our IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your taxes for FREE at 33 different locations in our five-county region! Sites in Manatee County are operated by Manatee Community Action Agency. Several locations in Hillsborough County offer appointments; all others are walk-in basis only. For locations, times and days of operation, go to https://unitedwaysuncoast.org/what-we-do/income/free-tax-help/.