January 18, 2018

File your taxes for free

It’s tax time, and for many families, preparing and filing can be an unwanted chore. But for anyone who made less than $66,000 in 2017, United Way’s MyFreeTaxes offers free preparation and filing. In many cases, the result is a bigger refund.

Free tax filing button on image of financial stability training. Those who made less than $66,000 in 2017 can file their taxes for free.

MyFreeTaxes makes tax time simple and eases a financial burden on families,” said Nick Piper, financial stability manager at United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “By using this service, families save, on average, nearly $200. That allows them to direct more money toward things like food, utility payments or saving for a rainy day.”

The program is made available thanks to a partnership with United Way and H&R Block, and supports our Economic Prosperity work to help people keep more of what they earn.

Earned Income Tax Credit

We’re also making sure that, if families qualify, they file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit is only available for working individuals. It’s an effective anti-poverty measure that helps families with low to moderate incomes. People who file their taxes through United Way and are eligible for this credit will receive it.

In addition to MyFreeTaxes, free in-person tax preparation is available through our partners at the Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metro. And we’re making a difference. Last year, we collaborated with the city of Detroit and Accounting Aid Society. We helped 18,150 Detroit families put, on average, an extra $4,000 into their pockets.

“This money belongs to families in our region, but too many of them were failing to claim it, because taxes are complicated and most people don’t know all of the credits they qualify for,” Nick said.

“With our help, thousands of families were able to add a bit more money to their budgets last year, and we expect even more families to recoup this money in 2018. When organizations unite to work toward a common goal, the results are impactful. That’s the value United Way brings to solving problems in our community.”

Click here to file your taxes: UnitedWaySEM.org/taxes.

The United Way of Southeastern Michigan is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Tax ID of United Way of Southeastern Michigan is 20-3099071.