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01/28/16

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Goodwill Offering Free Tax Prep Assistance

70% OF U.S. TAX FILERS CAN GET FREE ONLINE TAX PREP & FILING  
Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC Kicks Off 2016 Tax Season with MyFreeTaxes

More than 70% of American tax filers don’t know they can save $200 in tax preparation fees every year by using MyFreeTaxes.com, the first free national, online tax filing platform.

MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance, both online and in person, to individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015. MyFreeTaxes.com can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for those who qualify.

Last year, more than 200,000 tax returns were filed on MyFreeTaxes.com, a 2,400% increase since the platform launched in 2009.

Offering free English and Spanish tax support, MyFreeTaxes provides qualifying filers access to tax coaches for self-preparation assistance. The online tool allows taxpayers to self-file for free using a simple step-by-step process that includes free telephone, email and online chat support from IRS-certified specialists.  Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina (“Goodwill”) is promoting the MyFreeTaxes service at all of its Career Centers. Click here for a list of locations.

Goodwill also operates Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to provide free tax preparation services to workers who qualify. Goodwill will provide these free tax preparation services at the following locations:

Forsyth County (Goodwill is the host for VITA sites operated by Experiment in Self-Reliance):

  • Goodwill Career Connections Center
    2760 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Phone: 336-201-0800
  • Goodwill Workforce Development Center
    2701 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
    Wednesdays & Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Phone: 336-724-3625
  • Prosperity Center
    508 Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
    Mondays: 9:00 a.m. – noon; Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Phone: 336-788-4965

Catawba County:

  • Goodwill Career Connections Center
    837 Conover Blvd W., Conover, NC 28613
    Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (The last taxpayer appointment is at 7:00 p.m.  Site will be closed on March 26, 2016 for Easter holiday). Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Phone: 828-409-1336

Iredell County:

  • Goodwill Workforce Development Center
    124 Fourth Crescent Place, Statesville, NC 28625
    Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (The last taxpayer appointment is at 7:00 p.m.)
    Saturday:  Only on February 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Phone: 704-873-5005

MyFreeTaxes.com is an interactive resource for information regarding tax preparation, valuable credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, and personal finance, as well as access to free, in-person tax preparation sites. It’s funded by a $4.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, and made possible through the collaboration of 1,000 partners, including the IRS, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and state and local


Reaching Out!
We need your help to capture the attention of those eligible for EITC and motivate them to explore whether they qualify. We also want to lead them to no-cost options for tax return help–volunteer tax assistance and Free File, direct them to additional credits they are entitled to, and make sure they get it right.

Join us in getting the word out to those who qualify but don’t file a tax return or miss the credits they deserve.  There are millions of workers who miss out on the benefits of EITC each year either because they are newly qualified or don’t otherwise need to file. That is why this day is so important in reaching the one in five eligible workers who could but do not claim the credit.


About Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina
In the last year alone, Goodwill helped more than 30,000 people plan for new careers, improve their employability, obtain marketable job skills and create better lives for themselves and their families. Goodwill’s programs are funded through the sale of donated items in its stores. For more information on Goodwill’s mission and services or a list of store and donation locations, visit goodwillnwnc.org.

About United Way Worldwide
With 2.6 million volunteers and 9.6 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.