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United Way launches free, online tax filing tool

Posted at 3:23 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 15:23:09-05

FORT MYERS, Fla.  — The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee has launched its website just in time for tax season.

United Way says the free tool will allow taxpayers to file their taxes from their computer or smartphone.

“Taxes can be a source of confusion and stress for Americans,” states Jeannine Joy, President/CEO of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee, “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.”

United Way says features of the free, 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 10 am-10 pm EST daily to clarify things like filing status.

United Way says a list of tax forms are available in the tool. You can also contact United Way for additional resources.