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Wal-Mart Foundation helps bring free tax services to eligible taxpayers


BENTONVILLE, Ark. The Wal-Mart Foundation is working with United Way and One Economy to bring free tax preparation and filing services to eligible taxpayers nationwide. Through a $3.6 million grant, the Foundation will launch the first-ever free mobile tax filing tour funded by a national retailer and fund more than 90 United Way-supported Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaigns.

"This tax season, more Americans may be eligible for tax refunds due to the state of the economy and declining job market. That's why we're stepping up our efforts and bringing free tax filing access directly to the communities we serve," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. "The Wal-Mart Foundation strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities. That mission comes to life through this program, which is estimated to put millions in EITC refunds back in the pockets of eligible taxpayers."

Mobile Tax Center vans equipped with One Economy's online tax filing technology and IRS-certified tax professionals will set-up in Walmart parking lots or at the offices of One Economy's community partners for two to three weeks at a time between Feb. 10 and April 11. Individuals earning less than $56,000 per year will be able to visit the vans and file their taxes free of charge.

In addition, IRS-certified tax professionals at more than 90 Wal-Mart Foundation-funded United Way-supported VITA campaigns across the U.S. will be on hand to educate consumers about the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits for which they may be eligible, and help those earning less than $42,000 per year file their taxes accurately and free of charge.

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