United Way of the Bluegrass Offering Free Tax Filing Service

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Lexington, Kentucky (January 24, 2018) – United Way of the Bluegrass announced the kick-off of its annual free tax preparation program. This year the program offers enhanced features to online filing that will allow most clients to complete their taxes in under one hour.

MyFreeTaxes.com is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning $66,000 or less to file their state and federal taxes. For those that prefer to file in person, individuals or families earning less than $54,000 may contact United Way of the Bluegrass to schedule an appointment with a specialist through the CKEEP program.

For the past nine years, United Way Worldwide has partnered with H&R Block to provide free online tax filing services for federal and state taxes through MyFreeTaxes. Since that time, the partnership has helped nearly 1 million people file their returns, bringing more than $1 billion in refunds back to local communities across the United States.

"Tax season is a source of confusion and stress for most people," said United Way of the Bluegrass CEO, Bill Farmer. "Many are worried they'll make a mistake, won't get their full refund or can't afford the fees.  With MyFreeTaxes and CKEEP, filers can get support from IRS-certified specialists, file their returns at no cost and cut down the time it takes to complete their returns."

MyFreeTaxes users get access to the H&R Block Premium Product with enhanced features to ensure filers get every dollar they deserve:

·       Ability to upload image of your W-2, allowing MyFreeTaxes to automatically fill in your information;

·       Free, unlimited, personalized real-time chat and phone support in English and Spanish from IRS-certified specialists;

·       Refund RevealTM will show filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time.

Taxpayers earning less than $66,000 can enter their data through MyFreeTaxes.com, which links to a secure H&R Block website, making it easy to complete their taxes from home, at work or on mobile devices. Taxpayers earning less than $54,000 may file online through MyFreeTaxes, or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a volunteer tax specialist, by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.uwbg.org/CKEEP

About United Way of the Bluegrass:

United Way of the Bluegrass fights for the education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky. Our Big Bold Goal is that together, we will help 20,000 families become more self-sufficient by 2020. United Way has committed to four key drivers of success for community and economic success:  basic needs, school readiness, student success and financial stability.  Systems have been developed to evaluate the quality and success of programs supported by UWBG, so investors can be assured that dollars will have maximum impact on the community. For more information, visit www.uwbg.org or follow us on Facebook.

 Media Contact:

Katie Williams

Vice President, Marketing / United Way of the Bluegrass

859.351.8567 / Katie.Williams@uwbg.org