Healthcare.gov enrollment closes January 31, 2016!

Open Enrollment Period is the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. For 2016 coverage, the Open Enrollment Period is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. People may qualify for Special Enrollment Periods allowing them to enroll outside of Open Enrollment if they have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage.

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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.