Free Community Tax Service

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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.

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  • Receive free personal tax preparation by a Certified Tax Preparer, in about an hour.
  • 6 convenient on-site service locations in Monroe and Brown counties. Two additional completely virtual (no contact) preparation sites in Monroe County.
  • File your federal and state return for free.
  • Call to make your appointment today.
  • File for free from the comfort of your home or anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Visit www.monroeunitedway.org/freefile to see which option is right for you.

If you are not eligible to use in-person services, explore options for filing online here.

 

Did you receive Advanced Child Tax Credit payments from the IRS in 2021? 

You will receive Letter 6419 in January 2022 that provides the total amount of payments disbursed to you during 2021. Keep this letter and bring it with you when file your 2021 tax return.
 

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If you received Advanced Child Tax Credit payments from the IRS in 2021, you will receive Letter 6419 in January 2022 that provides the total amount of payments disbursed to you during 2021. Keep this letter and bring it with you when file your 2021 tax return.
 

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.

If you received unemployment income in 2021, 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.

Visit the IRS central info hub for taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus. This page is 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.

In 2021, the Free Community Tax Service program brought together 50 volunteers to help local residents file 959 federal returns, saving clients as much as $438,263 in tax preparation fees and bringing back more than $1,361,802 in refunds and credits, at 6 full-service VITA sites managed by United Way, plus 2 completely virtual sites managed by AARP/TCE. Clients reported using those funds and the Earned Income Tax Credits to pay for food, clothing, bills, rent, and to put toward savings. 119 filers received Earned Income Tax credits.

In conjunction with personal finance classes, free financial coaching, and the Bank on Bloomington program, the Free Community Tax Service is a key component of United Way of Monroe County’s financial stability initiatives.

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 www.MonroeUnitedWay.org/FindHelp.

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

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