Many of the 20 million customers who access AJCs each year are unemployed or remain within the low- to-moderate income range even after they gain employment. There are also many underserved and underemployed groups that are served by various co-located partners within the workforce system that can greatly benefit from critical tax services and credits including Veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, people with disabilities and recipients of public benefits.
Reports from AJCs that are already incorporating on-site tax preparation into their service delivery models show a positive linkage to employment outcomes and job retention. Given these findings, in addition to the diverse customer-base of the workforce system in need of increased employment opportunities and greater financial stability, AJCs are ideally positioned to integrate free tax preparation services.
In 2013, MyFreeTaxes was piloted in 10 AJC regions across the country and helped to drive more than 1,000 taxpayers to self-file on MyFreeTaxes.com. Workforce leadership and staff from these regions reported that promoting awareness of and access to MyFreeTaxes was a natural fit and value-added for the entire workforce community.
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