February 12, 2020 Share

United Way’s Free Tax Program kicks-off!

United Way of Mercer County’s (UWGMC) Free Tax Program serves individuals and families that earn less than $65,000 per year. The program is available through April 15 at various locations in Mercer County. To access this service, call 2-1-1 or visit www.uwgmc.org/freetaxprogram.

The Free Tax Program creates a pathway to financial security for struggling families in our community. For many households nationwide, tax refunds are the single largest income supplement they receive in a year. Last year, UWGMC’s free tax program helped 2,527 families and individuals file their tax returns.

United Way seeks to help more working families claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and couples, particularly those with children. In addition to providing a financial boost for working families, the EITC helps the local economy. Research has shown that the EITC encourages work, reduces poverty and leads to long-term gains in child health and academic success.

UWGMC’s free tax program also helps clients avoid often-excessive tax preparation fees and scams like predatory loans disguised as instant tax refunds. Clients can do more than get their taxes done. They can be referred to the Benefits Access Program and get connected to federal resources like healthcare and food assistance.

“This program has a real and immediate impact on the community,” said Sandra Toussaint, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Mercer County. “Thanks to our dedicated tax volunteers, families in Mercer County can get their taxes done for free by trained volunteers and keep their full refund. That’s money they can use to make ends meet, pay down debt, save for the future and invest in their communities.”

To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, call 2-1-1 or visit www.uwgmc.org/freetaxprogram.

About United Way of Greater Mercer County: United Way of Greater Mercer County connects people with resources propelling individuals and families to reach their fullest potential creating a thriving community. Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive greater Mercer County whereby all can thrive. We invest in programs, community partnerships, and volunteer engagement in youth and family success, economic vitality and health and wellness. For more information visit, www.uwgmc.org.