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United Way logo - new - Nov 2013Anchorage, AK – Tax season may not be most people’s favorite time of the year, but thanks to free tax preparation services in Anchorage, getting those Federal income taxes done on time and correctly is easier than ever.

 This year, Anchorage residents have nine free tax prep sites to choose from, and three options if they want to file their taxes online with some assistance. Three Super Saturday events are planned, including one today at Northeast Community Center, combining free tax prep with activities to entertain the kids and financial information booths offering advice and information on ways to boost your income.

“Free tax preparation is one way we can help more Alaskans on the road to long-term financial stability,” said United Way of Anchorage President Michele Brown. “Filing your taxes on time, making sure you get the maximum refund and seeing if you qualify for the EITC is critical for everyone, but especially for those who are living paycheck to paycheck.”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 15 percent of Anchorage residents qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) but fail to apply for it when they file their Federal Income Taxes. That’s just one reason why United Way of Anchorage is working with partners like AARP-Tax Aide, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Internal Revenue Service and others, who have offered free tax preparation for qualified Alaskans for more than 30 years.

This tax season, Alaskans can take advantage of free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers at eight sites around Anchorage and one in Chugiak/Eagle River. Free Self-Assisted Tax Sites, which allow people to do their own taxes online for free with some assistance, are at Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s (AHFC’s) Gateway Learning Center (440 East Benson), and Job Centers in Muldoon (1251 N. Muldoon Road, Suite 111) and Midtown (3301 Eagle Street, Suite 101). Taxpayers who made less than $58,000 in 2013 can file their taxes online for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.com/Alaska – with assistance available by phone, email and chat.

Last year, the Anchorage Free Tax Preparation Program helped more than 5,200 Anchorage area residents file their taxes for free. They received $8.8 million in refunds and EITC credits amounted to $1.8 million. Over 600 people who said they were disabled were assisted and tax preparers were able to refer 774 households for food assistance, most of who did not realize they qualified for help.

Most free tax preparation sites open the first week of February, and each is open on different days and times through April. A second Super Saturday event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 22, at Salvation Army Community Center in Midtown and a third event will be on Saturday, March 29 at Crosspoint Community Church (near Burlington Coat Factory) in south Anchorage. See a list of all of the free tax sites (attached), as well as a list of what to bring with you when you are having your taxes prepared.

Taxpayers have until April 15 to file their tax returns this year. The partners supporting this effort include: AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), United Way of Anchorage, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Walmart Foundation, the National Disability Institute, the faith-based community, individual volunteers, nonprofits and government service providers.

For more details on tax preparation sites, contact Alaska 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221, join us on Facebook and visit the website at www.FreeTaxPrepANC.com.

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Rack Card - Side 2 - JPEG fileHere are all of the places you can get your taxes done for free. Call 2-1-1 before you go or check this website to figure out what paperwork you need to bring with you.