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Published on March 30th, 2017 | by David Morales


Financial Report: United Way and H&R Block

Tax time is one of the most stressful times of year. That is why United Way has partnered with H&R Block to ease the burden of tax season. With a secure online platform called, it has never been easier to file!  It is free and helps determine what credits and tax deductions you might be eligible for. And that’s not all! With a quick and simple user friendly interface, enables you to enter your information and easily translate it over to either the State or Federal tax sections. If you have a question, you can hover over something and it just pops up. So, it is super easy and is only takes about an hour. So, dont get bogged down with stress and wait till the last minute this tax season and visit

More than half of Americans admit that tax-time is one of the most stressful times of year. Is that true?

It is! So, we are partnering with H&R Block once again this year. We have worked with them since 2009 to take the stress out of tax season with They are available to help people with taxes with $64,000 or less, file their taxes for free under a secure platform that is easy to use. It takes all of the stress out of tax season.

Lisa, a lot of Americans may not know that they can get their taxes done for free. How does this work and what changes have been implemented to make it even safer?

So, is a secure online platform that provides free tax assistance to about 100 million Americans, which is about 70 percent of the population. It is very easy to use! It is free and it offers all the guidance that they need to know, like which credits and tax deductions they are eligible for. Also, they help hard working Americans benefit from their tax refunds, and get more money back in their pocket.

Grace, you’re a student with a part time job.  Were you nervous about doing your own taxes?

 I was at first, because I had a couple of W-2 that I had to get together, and I had never filed my taxes by myself before. It was always done with the help of my mom. There was definitely that anxiety of doing it alone for the first time!

How was the process of doing your taxes online?

It was super easy and super user friendly. I was able to go to and enter the information that I needed and it would save it and translate it over in to either the State or Federal tax sections. I didn’t have to do it over and over again. If I had a question, I could just hover over something and it would just pop up right then and there. So, it was super easy and it took about an hour.

Lisa, what are the benefits to using this software to prepare your taxes? 

It walks you through it and it’s very easy! One of the biggest benefits is that it helps identity which credits and deductions you are eligible for. There are two credits that are commonly overlooked by most Americans, almost half of Americans don’t even know about them. The child tax credit and the earned income tax credit. Those are great ways for Americans to save money and get a tax refund. They really help you get on stable ground which is what United Way wants to do.

Grace what would you tell people who may be reluctant about filing their own taxes online?

I would tell them to go to, because it is super easy and you can do it within an hour. It helps you organize! I already have my taxes finished and I have my refund, so I don’t have to worry about that April 18 date.


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is the Executive Editor of The Hype magazine. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, David has a background as an artist manager, writer, blogger, drummer, and in the human services industry. He is passionate about helping others, learning and has a deep empathy for the creative process. You can follow his social media @dcypherstudios

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