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If you qualify, sign up for ‘My Free Taxes’

STEPHEN WILLIAMS, ACCOUNTING and data manager at United Way of Addison County,

ADDISON COUNTY — It will soon be that time of year again—income tax season! Once again, the United Way of Addison County will provide a facilitated self-assistance program to Addison County residents. Here is a brief overview of the program we plan to offer again starting late January 2020: 
The United Way of Addison County My Free Taxes Program: This type of tax assistance program is geared toward filers who possess general computer skills. The IRS classifies it as a facilitated self-assistance program—where the tax filer inputs their information into the My Free Taxes website, while an IRS certified volunteer coaches them on how to navigate the website and locate answers to basic tax law questions. This online program allows for up to three state returns to be filed and will not charge filers who make up to $66,000 per year. (This annual income threshold is subject to change depending on IRS regulations.) 
The website can also be utilized in the comfort of one’s own home, without a volunteer coach, using any computer or mobile device. Filers can access past returns filed through My Free Taxes for up to six years. Visit MyFreeTaxes.com for details. 
Appointments for filers needing help will be available at the United Way of Addison County beginning in late January 2020. Filers without general computer skills, a functioning email address, or are otherwise unable to input their tax information themselves, are encouraged to use their local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program instead. 
To take advantage of volunteer assistance with the My Free Taxes program, please save our phone number to schedule an appointment, starting in late January 2020: 802-388- 7189. Spread the word! 

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