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Free income tax prep service slots all booked up, United Way says

April 11, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Unless you already have an appointment, time has run out on taking advantage of free income tax preparation services offered by the United Way of the River Cities Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at site locations.

“All of our available appointments are completely full or the sites we use have already shut down,” said Rachel Houston, financial stability partnership director with the United Way of the River Cities, in a recorded message.

This year’s deadline for filing 2017 personal income taxes is Tuesday, April 17.

Houston recommended using the free online tax preparation site MyFreeTaxes.com.

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If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2017, you can file your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com, said Beth Caruthers, director of marketing for the United Way of the River Cities.

“This is the only free, national, online tax-filing product offered by a nonprofit,” she said. “United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers as part of our fight for the financial stability of every person in every community.”

The website was developed in partnership with United Way Worldwide and H&R Block, Caruthers added.

“Filers using the website will have H&R Block’s 100 percent guarantee,” she said.

United Way of the River Cities is a nonprofit organization that partners with the local community to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio.

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