Free Tax Preparation Services Media Advisory
20 Sites in Pierce County Offering Free Tax Preparation Services
For Low-Income Individuals and Families
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Who: United Way of Pierce County’s- South Sound 2-1-1 & Associated Ministries
What: Free Tax Preparation Services
Where: 20 Locations. A complete list can be found in the attached document.
When: From now until to April 16, 2018
Why: United Way of Pierce County, in partnership with Associated Ministries is committed to moving families to financial stability. We want families to keep the money they have worked so hard for and make the most of their tax return.
One of the ways we are helping families do this is by connecting them to free tax preparation and tax credits that are available to eligible families. For households making less than $66,000 a year, they can access MyFreeTaxes.com to file their taxes for free. The site provides easy, fast, secure federal and state tax filing online through software partner, H&R Block.
LOCAL TAX ASSISTANCE
South Sound 2-1-1 is also partnering with Pierce County Asset Building Coalition to provide tax help for low-income families. For households making less than $54,000, they can get free tax assistance and file for free at one of 20 sites throughout Pierce County from late January through April. Volunteers will prepare client taxes free of charge, determine if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and find other credits to boost their bottom line. To find a site near you, dial 2-1-1.
About United Way: United Way of Pierce County has a bold goal to lift 15,000 families out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028. We will achieve this by mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, to make a long-term measurable difference in our community. Together, we are creating a stronger community. To learn more or to join our fight against poverty in Pierce County, visit www.uwpc.org.
About Associated Ministries: Since 1969 Associated Ministries has had an historic leadership position working at a grassroots level in Pierce County, mobilizing people of faith and good will to unite in service to vulnerable populations, including people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, as well as the elderly and disabled. Our vision is for deeply engaged interfaith and other partners to join together to bring about the transformation of our community. Our programs endeavor to effectively walk alongside those who come to us for services as they emerge out of crisis, find paths out of poverty into personal stability, and aspire to build a foundation of skills, social connections and financial assets.
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Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of Pierce County
Wendy Morris, Community Engagement Coordinator