Do you qualify for free tax help?


Do you make less than $64,000 combined family income? Well, you qualify for FREE tax help.

Don’t throw away your tax return by paying for it. Let do the work for you.

For the past eight years, United Way has partnered with H&R Block to provide free tax filing services for federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since that time, the partnership has helped more than 750,000 taxpayers claim every deduction and credit they deserve. These tax breaks that lead to refunds provide important opportunities for individuals and families in the Springfield Metropolitan area to build their financial stability.

“MyFreeTaxes helps put refund money back in the taxpayers’ pockets so that they can pay bills, cover their costs of living, and put money aside to build a more stable financial future,” said Debi Meeds, president/CEO at United Way of the Ozarks.

Eligibility and features

Taxpayers earning less than $64,000 can enter their data through, which links to a secure H&R Block website, making it easy to complete their taxes from home, at work or on mobile devices.

The key features of MyFreeTaxes include:

  • Free, unlimited, personalized real-time chat and phone support from IRS-certified operators at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP. The helpline, with operators who speak both English and Spanish, operates through April 18 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST on Saturday
  • Refund RevealTM will show filers how and why their refund amount is changing

MyFreeTaxes comes with the same brand promise as all H&R Block’s products: that consumers are guaranteed a maximum refund, 100 percent accuracy and 100 percent satisfaction. H&R Block’s DIY products are based on 60-plus years of preparing income tax returns.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Taxpayers not able to file themselves can use the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which provides income tax preparation to those who cannot afford tax preparation fees. Trained volunteers prepare basic tax returns for taxpayers with limited incomes of $53,505 or less, older adults, and taxpayers who speak English as a second language (ESL), including Spanish, Mandarin, and other languages upon request.

Tax clinics open in February, and days and locations vary, so taxpayers need to call 417-720-2000 to make an appointment.

Also, Drury University will have walk-in availability at Breech School of Business on Friday, Feb. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays Feb. 4 & 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Mondays Feb. 6 & 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Drury clinics are first-come, first-served.