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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Low-income individuals and families will be able to get their taxes done for free with the help of the Goodwill.

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania announced that it is one of 28 Goodwills in the nation that was selected to offer free online tax assistance.

“Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is excited to be part of the national MyFreeTaxes Partnership, helping residents of this area keep more of their hard-earned money by accessing free tax preparation and filing services with the support of the Walmart Foundation,” said Michael J. Smith., President/CEO of Goodwill SWPA, in a statement.

Families or individuals making less than $57,000 per year can file for free online – and families or individual making less than $50,000 can file with assistance from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, which offers free tax-preparation for federal, state and local tax forms.

The organization is offering the MyFreeTaxes program with the help of a $4.16 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Goodwill’s Karen Wagner says the idea is to help taxpayers using user-friendly software from H&R Block to complete their taxes for free.

“It’s either a coach program or a program you can do from home,” she says. “You can come here and have us right behind you coaching you through the process. We can’t touch the keyboard or anything, and you can do your own taxes.”

Goodwill says it expects to return almost $2 billion in refunds.

The free tax assistance from Goodwill is available until Tax Day, April 15.

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