Healthcare.gov enrollment closes February 15, 2015!

If you are eligible to purchase health care from the marketplace (healthcare.gov) and receive any premium tax credit, don't delay... open enrollment closes on Sunday, February 15th! Enroll Michigan’s statewide network of Navigators are available to assist you, at no cost, in understanding your enrollment options. As the name suggests, Navigators assist consumers in “navigating” the Healthcare.gov website where consumers must go to access the tax credits that make purchasing private insurance more affordable. The typical consumer in Michigan will have an average of 43 different health plans to choose from on the new marketplace, Healthcare.gov

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FREE Do It Yourself Online Tax Software!

Are you someone that is good with computers? Do you understand the basics of tax preparation like what is a W-2 or a 1099? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" and your income is below $60,000 a year, you can do your own taxes, for free, from the comfort of your own computer by using MyFreeTaxes.com. This site is sponsored by Goodwill, United Way, the National Disability Institute and the Walmart Foundation. Best of all, if you run into any problems, or have any questions along the way, DON'T WORRY, HELP from a trained volunteer preparer IS ONLY A toll-free CALL A WAY! Why not give it a try!

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1 in 5 eligible taxpayers fail to claim the EITC.

According to the IRS, roughly 1 in 5 eligible taxpayers fail to claim the EITC. Some may not be aware they qualify while others may think because they do not owe taxes, there is no need to file. In Michigan, while there is not hard number on how many people fail to claim the EITC, it is estimated that more than 113,000 Michigan workers could be missing out on the EITC every year and forgoing between $90 million to $200 million in federal tax relief every year. This is tax relief that could help them put food on the table, clothes for their children or avoid utility shutoffs. Make sure you are not missing out on EITC and other valuable tax credits.

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Check out the NEW MEIC video

During the 2013 tax filing season, we went around to MEIC member sites to speak with volunteers, clients and site coordinators about free tax preparation efforts in Michigan. The video to the right is the end result. We would like to thank all of those who helped make this testimonial possible. Just click on the video to the right to see folks are saying about free tax preparation in Michigan.