United Way promotes free tax help resources for low/moderate income families

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014

UNITED WAY CONTACT: Mike McLaughlin, Communications Director
Phone: 785.228.5117 | E-mail: mike.mclaughlin@unitedwaytopeka.org

TOPEKA, KAN. – With the April 15 tax deadline looming, United Way of Greater Topeka is promoting two free tax preparation options for low-to-moderate income families. The VITA/AARP tax preparation program offered by K-State Research and Extension has 10 area sites set up. Download a brochure with the sites at http://www.shawnee.ksu.edu/doc3118.ashx. Those who prefer to do their taxes online may visit www.myfreetaxes.com.

United Way of Greater Topeka provides $5,000 to K-State Research and Extension to support the VITA tax preparation program. In 2012, the VITA/AARP program helped local taxpayers receive $9,062,383 In federal refunds and pay $847,934 in taxes owed. The free tax assistance also saved taxpayers approximately $1,777,950 in tax preparation fees. (Source: IRS)

The myfreetaxes.com site is free for Individuals or families with a combined income of $58,000 or less in 2013. It is sponsored by United Way Worldwide, Goodwill Industries, the National Disability Institute and WalMart.


United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.

For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.