Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Free Community Tax Service 2021

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The Free Community Tax Service helps residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for FREE and claim the EITC, if eligible.


Through the Free Community Tax Service, you can...

  • Receive free one-on-one tax preparation by a Certified Tax Preparer.
  • visit 6 convenient locations in Monroe, Owen, and Brown counties, or 2 locations for virtual preparation.
  • File your federal and state return for free.

If you are not eligible to use the Free Community Tax Service, click here to explore options for filing online>>

Did you receive unemployment income in 2020? It is likely you will owe some amount when you file your tax return. Ask your tax preparer about how to set up a payment plan to help you repay the tax you owe.

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus; This page will be updated as new information is available.

Wondering about your Economic Impact Payment? Use this IRS EIP Status look up tool to find out the status of your payment. 


About the Free Community Tax Service:

The Free Community Tax Service helps residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free and claim the EITC, if eligible. United Way is proud to work with several local community organizations to help local residents retain more of their earnings.

Last year, the Free Community Tax Service program brought together 107 volunteers to help local residents file 1,636 federal returns, saving clients as much as $1,305,649 in tax preparation fees and bringing back more than  $1,012,403 in refunds and credits, at 10 full-service VITA sites managed by United Way, plus 2 sites managed by AARP/TCE. Clients report using those funds and the Earned Income Tax Credits to pay for food, clothing, bills, rent, and to put toward savings. 486 filers received EIT credits.


The Free Community Tax Service is brought to you by these community partners:

United Way of Monroe County is the lead convener and sponsor of the Free Community Tax Service. This is one component of our financial stability initiatives. Services funded by United Way have a broad reach – touching 1 in 3 community members each year. To learn more about how United Way can assist you, visit

Along with the United Way of Monroe County and Financial Stability Alliance, partners of the Free Community Tax Service include 2-1-1, AARP, Broadview Learning Center, Brown County Public Library, City of Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, Monroe County Public Library, Owen County Public Library, the YMCA, and community volunteers.

IRS Withholding Estimator

The IRS encourages everyone to use the Tax Withholding Estimator to perform a quick "paycheck checkup." This is even more important following the recent changes to the tax law for 2018 and beyond.

The Estimator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work. There are several reasons to check your withholding, particularly if you have recently experienced a major life event (i.e. marriage, the birth of a child, adoption, or buying a home):
  • It can protect against having too little tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year.
  • At the same time, with the average refund topping $2,800, you may prefer to have less tax withheld upfront, so you receive more in your paychecks and get a smaller refund at tax time.

Lead Partners:



  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington