Free tax filing services for Cleveland-area residents

Matt FinleyWe’ve all heard Ben Franklin’s adage: “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  You may not get to choose how you die, but once a year, you get to choose how you file your taxes. Why not make it as easy as possible? United Way 2-1-1 offers two ways to file your taxes — a friendly, in-person option, or  there’s also a fast, simple computer option.

Todd Milner, United Way 2-1-1’s MyFreeTaxes/EITC Manager, wants to tell you about both:

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you may be able to take advantage of two United Way of Greater Cleveland-supported programs that provide free tax filing options for Cleveland-area residents. 

Toni, Client of MyFreeTaxesOne program is MyFreeTaxes, a website powered by H&R Block that allows you to file both your federal and state returns at no cost if your household income is $58,000 or less.  The site is very user-friendly, so even people who have never done their own taxes can get through the process easily.  Just ask Toni Kranek (pictured right), who recently filed her federal and Ohio taxes at a local library with some help from a United Way volunteer.  Toni was a little intimidated when she sat down at the computer, but gained confidence as she entered all her tax information into the software.  She was able to e-file both returns in about 30 minutes.

MyFreeTaxes is a partnership between United Way Worldwide, Goodwill International, and the National Disability Institute, with funding by Walmart.  To get started, go to myfreetaxes.com/ohio and click on the “File Now” button.

United Way of Greater Cleveland is also a member of the Cuyahoga County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, a program that provides in-person tax preparation for individuals and families making less than $52,000.  The sites are conveniently located throughout the county, with varying hours of operation.  Last tax season, the coalition prepared nearly 11,000 returns, bringing $14.2 million in tax refunds back into the community. 

For more information about free tax prep sites in Cuyahoga County or other counties in Northeast Ohio, dial 2-1-1.

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