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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: January 13, 2014


Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Coalition announces its renewed partnership with the national MyFreeTaxes campaign to enable eligible Delawareans to file their taxes for FREE - free of hidden fees, free of ads and free of confusion!

The Delaware Coalition, led by $tand By Me, United Way of Delaware and Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County, is joined by more than 30 state and local organizations, businesses and schools, to offer a completely FREE web-based tax preparation program called MyFreeTaxesDE.

Taxpayers who go to www.MyFreeTaxesDE.com can file their state and federal taxes using the free, easy, secure software. MyFreeTaxesDE is free to taxpayers with household income at or below $58,000. All forms are available for households with multiple state returns. If taxpayers need help with their return, MyFreeTaxesDE offers free support through a toll-free hotline or live web chat, which they can reach by calling Delaware 2-1-1 or 1-855-MY-TX-HELP. The free tax software and help are available throughout the 2014 tax season. Deadline for federal income tax filing is April 15, 2014. Stand By Me, a Delaware Coalition partner, is also inviting taxpayers to meet with a FREE financial coach to help with other money-related topics. Any Delawarean can visit www.standbymede.org to make an appointment to meet with their FREE financial coach to set their own financial goals.

The 2013 MyFreeTaxesDE campaign was a huge success, with Delaware attracting a higher percentage of eligible filers than any other state. As such, the Delaware Coalition hopes to double the number of tax filers in 2014. The MyFreeTaxes national campaign provides free federal and state tax filing online to eligible individuals and families earning $58,000 per year or less*. MyFreeTaxesDE is sponsored by Walmart Foundation, in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way Worldwide.

*Tax filers who choose to file in person (vs. online) are eligible if individuals and families earn $52,000 or less. For more info, please call 2-1-1 or go to www.MyFreeTaxesDE.com .

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.