United Way’s Free Tax Prep program is a vital part of our “Driving The Dream” initiative to move families and individuals out of generational poverty. (Download a flyer with information.)
Local United Way volunteers serve as tax preparers, greeters, screeners, site coordinators, “Cash Coaches” and other key roles to help people receive a “tax time boost” in the form of refunds, which can be used to create stronger financial lives.
It’s easy to make an appointment at a site near you.
Find the Free Tax Prep site in your area by calling the 2-1-1 network during normal business hours. Just dial 2-1-1 or the alternate number, 901.415.2790. Tell the operator you’re looking for a United Way Free Tax Prep site in your zip code and make an appointment for your tax preparation. The appointment center is open Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
United Way Free Tax Prep brings refunds where they’re needed most.
Through recruiting and training volunteers to help people prepare and file their income taxes, United Way is bringing income back to the Mid-South, improving the lives of individuals, families, and boosting our local economy. A qualifying family with three children can see over $6,200 in Earned Income Tax Credits (see chart below). Other tax credits can possibly make that refund even larger.
When a family struggling to make ends meet uses our free tax preparation help instead of (often) spending hundreds of dollars with tax preparers, it can make a huge difference. United Way Free Tax Prep also helps people avoid predatory lending practices at less-than-reputable tax centers, and provides access to information about savings, financial literacy, and healthy financial practices.
Numerous sites in our area
The vast majority of returns are prepared at “Free Tax Prep Super Sites” in the Southland Mall and Hickory Ridge Mall. A mobile site visits underserved areas at different times during tax season. Additional sites are across the Mid-South help people in local neighborhoods, close to home. United Way Free Tax Prep Sites will open in mid-January, 2017.
A program making a difference you can see
Last year, United Way Free Tax Prep helped bring in over $12.08 million in refunds and ensured over $4.27 million in Earned Income Tax Credits were claimed by local citizens. The average refund was over $1,730.00.
Our Super Sites can handle large crowds quickly
Most returns are prepared at local “Free Tax Prep Super Sites” in the Southland Mall and Hickory Ridge Mall. Our mobile site visits underserved areas at different times during the season. Additional sites are available across the Mid-South to help people in local neighborhoods for help close to home. Every site plays an important role in United Way’s battle against Mid-South poverty.
Our Free Tax Prep program is always looking for good volunteers (download our flyer). Our formal “kick-off” takes place in January 2017, with continual work until mid-April and even after the end of tax season. Sign up now! We’re also looking for Mid-Southerners to help citizens learn more about savings, money management. (Download detailed volunteer role descriptions)
We wish to recognize our sponsors
Please thank these organizations for helping make United Way Free Tax Prep possible!