United Way has provided free tax preparation assistance to local residents since 2007 through The Ohio Benefit Bank, a web-based program which can be accessed with the help of a trained tax volunteer or through a self-serve website. Contact Us or call United Way at 740.397.5721 for details and to schedule a tax appointment.
The program's goal is to increase the financial stability of Knox County residents. Millions of dollars in tax credits, such as the Earned Income Credit, go unclaimed by Knox County residents each year, resulting in a loss of free federal money for the local economy. This is money that can then be used to purchase necessities and boost savings for low and moderate-income families.
By offering free tax preparation assistance, clients also save from paying costly tax preparation fees.
In tax year 2016, United Way tax volunteers assisted 654 clients in filing federal income tax returns over a three-year period, representing $854,256 in refunds and a savings of more than $130,000 in tax preparer fees.
The goal is to increase the financial stability of residents by offering this free service and help them claim the Earned Income Credit and Child Care Credit whenever possible. The EITC helps individuals and families with low to moderate income keep more of what they earned. This is money that can be used to purchase necessities and boost savings.
File Your Taxes for Free:
Check out Benefit Bank Software Limitations to see if you qualify for free tax preparation assistance.
Go to The Ohio Benefit Bank Free Self-Serve Site to file your taxes online.
The United Way office is located at 305 East High Street, Mount Vernon. Street parking is available on East High Street and on many of the nearby side streets.