Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

We Encourage You to "Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!"

“Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!” These simple words welcomed community members at events aimed to raise awareness of the Free Community Tax Service during Earned Income Tax Credit Day on Friday, January 31st.


United Way of Monroe County, the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, and partners successfully launched this year’s Free Community Tax Service season with two “Keep Your Cash! Claim Your Credit!” outreach events in Monroe and Owen counties. Free Community Tax Service partners greeted customers at Babbs Super Valu in Spencer and chatted with parents as they picked up their children at Monroe County United Ministries, a United Way member agency, in Bloomington.


These events joined national efforts to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and local free tax assistance.  


The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low- and moderate-income working individuals and families. Unfortunately, 1 out of 5 people who are eligible don’t claim their credit. When the EITC is claimed, it can result in a significant income boost - up to $6,044 for those who qualify! Claiming the EITC is particularly important at a time when more workers may qualify due to reduced incomes.


To help claim the EITC, free tax preparation services will be provided at nine Free Community Tax Service sites in Monroe and Owen counties, plus a mobile and online site. IRS-certified volunteers will help low- and moderate-income residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free, claim the EITC if eligible, and receive 100% of their refund quickly and easily - usually in just 10 days or less. To learn more about the Free Community Tax Service visit


People making less than $58,000 who wish to file their taxes free online can visit to file state and federal returns at no charge.


According to Barry Lessow, United Way Executive Director, “The Free Community Tax Service ensures that low- and moderate-income residents have an opportunity to increase their financial stability. We are grateful to all the partners who have come together to provide this important service for Monroe and Owen County residents. Thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Internal Revenue Service and $22,500 from the Walmart Foundation, we have been able to strengthen these free services in 2014.”


Monroe County sites include the Monroe County Public Library Main and Ellettsville Branches, Broadview Learning Center, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, South Central Community Action Program, and the Twin Lakes Recreation Center.For the fourth year, Owen County Public Library will also host a site. Residents who want to file on their own for free can visit a self-service site at WorkOne or go online at Mobile sites will visit locations like Bloomington Housing Authority, LifeDesigns, Positive Link, and Stone Belt.


To learn more about the free tax preparation sites, EITC, and to see if they qualify, residents can call 2-1-1 or visit


Along with United Way of Monroe County and the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana, community partners include 2-1-1, AARP, Broadview Learning Center, City of Bloomington, El Centro Comunal Latino, Ellettsville Branch Library, Indiana Legal Services, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, IRS, Ivy Tech Community College, Monroe County Public Library, Owen County Public Library, South Central Community Action Program, Twin Lakes Recreation Center, Walmart, WorkOne Bloomington, and community volunteers.

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