Tax refunds help Michigan workers keep more of what they earn so they can support their families and the economy.

United Way works to connect southeastern Michigan families with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs through our partners Wayne Metro Community Action Agency and Accounting Aid Society. These programs normally offer free in-person tax preparation. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person tax preparation has been suspended. United Way is proud to partner with the City of Detroit and our tax partners, Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, to offer free virtual tax preparation for 2021. Learn more about VITA tax assistance and tax credits on the City of Detroit’s website.

We also encourage taxpayers to empower themselves to complete their own taxes through free and low-cost programs like United Way Worldwide’s The service is the only free, national, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit and is available to more than 100 million U.S. taxpayers, regardless of income.

Online VITA tax assistance

Workers who made less than $57,000 last year qualify for free virtual tax assistance.

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Self-service tax preparation

Find free online services to file your federal and state taxes.


Know your rights

Helpful tips for tax time from United Way and our partners.



Become a volunteer income tax preparer with our partners, Accounting Aid Society and Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.

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The Earned Income Tax Credit helps families keep more of what they earn. Advocate to increase the Michigan EITC and expand the federal EITC.

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Earned Income Tax Credit helps families toward stability

Tax assistance from Wayne Metro helped Detroiter Renee Perkins get a larger refund through the EITC, which she used to improve her credit and pay down her debt so she could buy a home.


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From child care and education resources to free tax prep and financial coaching, United Way works with hundreds of partners to provide services that help families become stable and ensure their children can thrive. Explore our resources, or call 2-1-1 for help.

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