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Financial Stability

Helping move individuals towards financial independence.

Many working individuals do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and many are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits. For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.

Free Tax Prep

United Way Financial Stability Initiative

United Way, in partnership with Mohawk Valley Asset Building Coalition, is dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families in Oneida and Herkimer Counties become financially self-sufficient by offering free tax preparation services, financial empowerment workshops, and a host of other services.

Having a personal safety net is important and by helping families save money, United Way and partners are offering solutions that move people towards financial independence and a better quality of life.

Our Free Tax Prep program offers free tax help to people who generally make $60,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing for tax payers from eligible households. Individuals in households who generally make $66,000 or less can file their returns for themselves online at MyFreeTaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes provides self-paced, step-by-step guidance to file tax returns online with assistance from IRS certified tax volunteers via hotline or online chat. Learn more about Free Tax Prep and MyFreeTaxes.

Click here to see a listing of all United Way funded programs through Community Impact grants.