• 08-FEB-2012

  • SOURCE: United Way

Free Tax Preparation And Filing Services For Those Who Need it The Most

Tax day is more than three months away, a mere thought in the back of the mind for many. But did you know that low-income families are among the first to file? Sometimes, they pay a substantial portion of their refund to receive their refund sooner.

In order to help families keep the extra cash in their pocket, a group of national organizations have created the MyFreeTaxes partnership to provide free tax preparation and filing services to families that earn less than $57,000. The partnership supports volunteer-assisted free tax preparation in 100 communities nationwide and at www.myfreetaxes.com. In addition, they will be rolling out mobile vans that will tour the country.

Available for interviews, Laura Scherler, National Director of Income Capacity Building at United Way Worldwide and Melvin Hardy, Senior Tax Consultant for the IRS, can talk about the importance of this free program, and why it is imperative to file early. They can also talk about the changes to tax codes and what you need to know this year.

Talent/Guest: Melvin Hardy, Senior Tax Consultant, IRS
Melvin Hardy is the IRS Washington/Baltimore Territory Manger. His organization is the Stakeholder Partnership Education and Communication division (SPEC) of the IRS. He has responsibility for tax law policy and tax law training and education. He has direct oversight for tax law education, partner outreach, and military tax law education. He also implements policy for financial education and asset building for the Washington DC area and the state of Maryland. Mr. Hardy has extensive experience with the volunteer return preparation program also called VITA. The program helps low to moderate income taxpayers get free tax returns completed at VITA sites.

Talent/Guest: Laura Scherler, National Director, Income Capacity Building, United Way Worldwide
Laura Scherler is the Director of Income Capacity Building at United Way Worldwide. During her eight-year tenure, she has played a key role in the origination and expansion of United Way's national asset building work, including the launch of United Way's national initiative, the Financial Stability Partnership. Laura currently leads United Way's tax work and was one of the creators of the MyFreeTaxes partnership. Laura is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.