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Free Community Tax Service Increases Filings by 13%

June 22, 2015 -- United Way of Monroe County and the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana helped area residents file a record number of tax returns this spring. The Free Community Tax Service brought together community partners, including both Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax Counseling for the Elderly (AARP/TCE) programs, and nearly 200 volunteers to assist in filing 3,553 federal returns and over 2,000 state returns for residents in Monroe and Owen counties.

Free Community Tax Service Set to Launch

United Way of Monroe County and the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana will launch this year’s Free Community Tax Service season with five outreach events in Monroe and Owen counties. These events join national efforts to raise awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and local free tax assistance.  
 
EITC Awareness Day events will be held at the following locations and times:

Friday, January 30th:

Anytime. Anywhere. File for Free!

Over 40 young professionals are well on their way to building a successful financial future after attending "Manage Your Money like a Millionaire"! This workshop was organized by United Way and hYPe (Helping Young Professionals Excel), a program of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, to provide access to tax resources and local, financial professionals. Many of the participants took advantage of this opportunity and filed their taxes for free with MyFreeTaxes. 

Live United Spotlight: Meet Mary Boucherle

Mary Boucherle knows taxes like the back of her hand. She began working for the Internal Revenue Service by answering calls on the toll-free number. Twenty-three years later, she retired from her position as a Tax Analyst advising 97 Taxpayer Assistance Centers. During her time with the IRS, Mary developed a wealth of tax knowledge. Today, we're lucky she shares that knowledge with volunteers, partners, and clients through United Way's Free Community Tax Service.

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