Understanding your income taxes and filing the proper paperwork may be harder than ever this year. Getting professional assistance isn't just a good idea, it's a no brainer when the help comes at no charge.

You don't have to dig very deep into Facebook posts to see the number of questions about stimulus checks and whether or not they count as income.  What about unemployment benefits? And if you're working from home can you take deductions?

Get answers to all your questions with the United Way of the Mohawk Valley's Free Tax Prep initiative. The service is free to all Oneida and Herkimer County residents making $66-thousand or less.

IRS-certified volunteers are ready to provide free basic and advanced income tax return preparation with electronic filing available.

The tax-prep service from United Way isn't new, but COVID-19 is forcing the organization to find new ways to keep everyone safe throughout the process. The solution is virtual appointments instead of the usual in-person meetings. Using a safe, secure, and government approved connection, volunteers can offer one-on-one assistance and the ability to to upload documents and even sign and file the tax paperwork.

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Make an appointment or get more information at Untied Way's website. You can also call 2-1-1 or 1-844-3425-211.

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