United Way of El Paso County Announces Availability of Free Tax Services

El Paso, TX (January 11, 2018)  United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) today announced recently-enhanced features to MyFreeTaxes that allow most filers 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 the past nine years, United Way has partnered with H&R Block to provide free tax filing services for federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since that time, the partnership has helped nearly a million people file their returns, bringing more than $1 billion in refunds back to local communities.

“Tax season is a source of confusion and stress for most Americans,” said Deborah Zuloaga, CEO of UWEPC. “Many are worried they’ll make a mistake, won’t get their full refund or will pay too much.  With MyFreeTaxes, filers can get support from IRS-certified specialists and cut down the time it takes to complete their returns.”

When it comes to advanced technology and personalized customer experience, H&R Block is among the industry leaders. MyFreeTaxes users get access to 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 at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP. The helpline operates from mid-January through April 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, and between noon and 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturdays;

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

·       Advanced functionality for those working in the gig economy or need to include information regarding real estate investments, stock options or inheritance taxes.

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.

MyFreeTaxes is supported by United Way, and users can contact their local United Way for other local resources, or find ways to volunteer and further support their community. MyFreeTaxes comes with the same brand promise as all H&R Block’s products: that consumers are guaranteed a maximum refund, 100 percent accuracy and 100 percent satisfaction. H&R Block’s DIY products are based on 60-plus years of preparing income tax returns.

Taxpayers needing one-to-one assistance can also visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site to access IRS-certified volunteers who can prepare basic returns for families or individuals with an annual household income of $54,000 or less. Thanks to a partnership between United Way, Canutillo ISD and Coalition for Family Economic Progress, families in the Canutillo area will have a VITA site conveniently located at the Canutillo High School Library, featuring the help of trained student volunteers. The site will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday between February 7 and April 11, excluding February 14 and March 14. For more information about VITA sites across the county, visit freetaxeselpaso.org.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Gamez, Marketing & Communications Manager, (915) 533-2434 ext. 222