Your stimulus checks might not be enough to help you get out of the situation you are in. That's why making the most of your tax refund is so important this year. Even with the deadline to file your taxes being extended to Monday, May 17, it's imperative that you don't wait until the last minute.

According to United Way of Greater New Bedford, 95 percent of low-income families have suffered a layoff or income loss due to the pandemic.

"These households can use their tax refund to buy food, make rent, pay bills or debt, and save for emergencies. United Way provides free tax prep to help struggling families rebuild their financial foundations."

United Way of Greater New Bedford announced the launch of this tax season’s MyFreeTaxes site. For the 12th year, United Way and H&R Block have partnered to provide H&R Block Online tax filing software, accessible through, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. MyFreeTaxes is a free and easy way to file simple federal and up to three state tax returns for free.

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Victoria Grasela is the Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement at United Way. She knows that this time can be hard for many right now.

“Tax season can be a source of confusion and stress for Americans, but it does not have to be,” Grasela said. “Many filers are intimidated by the complexities of the tax law and afraid to make a mistake that will cost them money. With MyFreeTaxes, filers have both the support of a proven software provider in H&R Block as well as United Way, which is committed to helping people everywhere achieve financial stability.”

Taxpayers of all income levels can easily and accurately file their simple taxes 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. A list of the tax forms included in this free offering is available by visiting

I filed my simple federal and state tax return through this program and it took less than an hour for the whole process. It may have taken me less time if I wasn't busy searching terms that sounded like a foreign language to me. Tax jargon is hard for those who are not used to it and I wanted to make sure I was doing everything correctly.

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