New Website Helps Local Residents Keep Their Tax Refunds
Partnership spearheaded by United Way aims to keep dollars in Sacramento region
January 8, 2014 – A new website at www.KeepYourTaxRefund.com is helping local residents save money this tax season, thanks to United Way California Capital Region and its partners.
“We want people to keep more money in their pockets and make our community stronger by taking advantage of tax credits,” said Stephanie McLemore Bray, United Way president and CEO. “This website is an easy and effective way to file your taxes and save your money for what matters most to you.”
KeepYourTaxRefund.com’s filing tool is free to individuals or households making less than $57,000 a year. For those making more, the cost is less than $50. The website, which is powered by H&R Block software, saves users an average of $200 in tax preparation fees. Users will need a valid email address and income forms, such as a W2, 1099, 1098, etc.
Those who need in-person help can schedule an appointment through the website to meet with a volunteer from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program who will help file their taxes for free, if they qualify.
United Way is seeking volunteers to distribute information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. No prior tax law experience is necessary. Schedules and locations are flexible. For more information about volunteering, contact United Way Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way California Capital Region is spearheading the effort, along with partners including the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, 2-1-1, Asian Resources, Bank of America, CHOC Housing, City of Sacramento, Community Link, Goodwill Industries, Sacramento Coalition for Working Families, Sacramento News & Review, Sacramento Regional Transit, SAFE Credit Union and the Yolo Family Resource Center.
For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .