A Step in the Right Direction
For many people in our community, paying for a tax preparer is not an option. Though without this kind of help they may be missing out on refund dollars that can make a difference in their ability to pay their bills and stay financially afloat. Your support of United Way helps us and our partners to provide these and other financial resources each year to thousands of your neighbors.
Taxes Prepared in 2017:
- Saved 5,313 Anchorage residents an estimated $1,062,600 in tax prep fees
- Delivered nearly $7 Million in tax refunds
- Total refund dollars since tax year 2000 = $124,928,811
Free Tax Prep Resources
Free Tax Preparation services are available over the summer. Dates, times and locations are limited. To get the most current information — for Anchorage and across the state — call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221.
Click for Summer Tax Prep Schedule
Click for list of Self-Assisted Tax sites where you can use a computer for free.
For some, the assistance they receive makes a huge impact. Check out their stories below!
A Life Changing Experience!
“A tenant in one of our rental units and a single father of three had an accident that left him with a temporary head injury. While recovering, he was a victim of a scam that took the funds he had intended to use to supplement his income throughout the year. Without his income he became behind on bills and could not see a way to ever pay off debt. A financial counselor in our organization recommended he take his taxes to one of the Anchorage free tax prep sites. It seemed his refund should cover his outstanding debt while providing free tax service rather than the expensive tax preparation and high cost loan he had received in the past. It seemed to be a great solution, and when we followed up a few weeks later – his refund did come in within 10 days and it was enough to pay off his debt and leave him with a little extra to spread throughout the year!”
Rebuilding in Alaska.
A single man who had just moved to Alaska from the lower 48 to re-establish himself, as he had lost everything in the economic downturn a few years ago (home, job and all possessions as he could not pay the storage fees). A family member in Alaska is helping him get back on his feet. He attended the Financial Fitness Fair, said “it was a great resource for him and he was excited about working with the agencies that were there to help him rebuild his credit and eventually purchase his own home again”.