United Way of El Paso County awarded $20,000 MyFreeTaxes Grant

El Paso, TX (Dec. 31, 2015) - The United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) has been selected as one of 10 United Way applicants to receive a $20,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide MyFreeTaxes, the free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance.

 

The online and in person service will allow individuals and families in El Paso with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015 to file their tax returns. On average, American tax filers can save $200 in tax preparation by using MyFreeTaxes.com, the first free national, online tax filing platform.

 

The online tool allows taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free telephone, email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists. The availability of the free online tax preparation services will coincide with the IRS tax season start.

 

Offering free English and Spanish tax support, MyFreeTaxes also provides qualifying filers access to tax coaches for in-person, self-preparation assistance. Among those who will provide support are high school students who receive accreditation to become volunteer income tax assisters at the sites. Currently, Canutillo High School (6675 S. Desert Blvd.) is a confirmed MyFreeTaxes/VITA site that will host assisters every Saturday in February as well as March 19, April 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

“Overall, United Way of El Paso County believes all individuals and families should be afforded the opportunity to move toward economic self-sufficiency,” Deborah Zuloaga, UWEPC CEO said. “For that reason, we were thrilled to be awarded this hard-earned grant. El Pasoans work hard for their money and through the availability of this initiative they’ll be able to keep more of their money when they file their taxes for free.”

 

Learn more about the initiative including sites, dates and times here.

 

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About The United Way of El Paso County

The United Way of El Paso County is an independent, locally governed and community-supported nonprofit agency that is focused on identifying and making a measurable change in three areas:  Education, Basic Needs, and Income through funding, advocacy, creating collaborative partnerships, and developing volunteer resources. The organization, which has been in El Paso for more than 90 years, focuses on creating long-term, lasting change to make El Paso a better community for everyone. United Way also serves as the manager/fiscal agent for the city, and county employee campaigns.