Tax Assistance

Tired of paying high tax preparation fees? United Way and community partners provide free tax preparation services to hard working individuals and families in our Tri-State region.

In 2016, more than 21,000 local families received over $23 million in tax refunds. It’s easy, fast, and free. Here’s how:

 File Your Taxes Online for Free!

In Person Help at volunteer tax sites

MFTLogoMyFreeTaxes is an easy, safe, secure, free online tool for filing federal and state taxes.  United Way sponsors the program and offers a free Help Line for MyFreeTaxes Users: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435)

Use this service if you are:

  • Comfortable with computers (if you use facebook or shop online, you can use this system.)
  • Earn less than $64,000/year.

MyFreeTaxes provides free state and federal tax preparation for qualified individuals. You can work from home, or from a library or computer lab.  Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way, the tax filing software is powered by H&R Block.

Click here for more details.

page1Trained, certified volunteers offer in-person help to file your taxes at sites throughout the community.  Sites are open January-April.
Click here for tax help after the April tax deadline.

  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers 38 volunteer-run sites sponsored by United Way and partner agencies at locations throughout our region.  Some sites are by appointment, others offer walk-in service.
  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers about 39 sites throughout the region most require appointments.
  • Ohio Benefits Bank assistance  16 sites, most by appointment  (Filter for sites offering tax assistance)
  • IRS Site finder   Check here for volunteer tax sites anywhere in the country.

Use this service if you are:

  • Household income under $56,000
  • Working, retired,  disabled or unemployed.
  • No rental income; simple investment income; not running your own business.
  • Most VITA sites can do your current and prior year taxes; check for details at your site.
  • Willing to be patient and to wait in line for the next available volunteer.

Click here for more details.