BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Many Central Alabama residents can file their taxes at no cost in 2024 by using MyFreeTaxes, an online platform built through a partnership between United Way and Tax Slayer, one of the nation’s leading tax software companies. Individuals can often file their taxes in less than an hour through MyFreeTaxes. 

By logging onto, users are guided through the process of collecting information from their financial documents, sending it to the IRS and looking for additional credits that might otherwise be missed. 

All that users need before filing online is their Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and their official tax documents, whether they be W2s, 1099s or other relevant documentation. 

Since 2009, MyFreeTaxes has helped more than 1.3 million taxpayers claim every credit and deduction they deserve. These credits maximize filers’ refunds and provide important opportunities for individuals and families to build financial stability. 

In addition to the written guides, users can also seek online chat support through the service or through IRS-certified tax specialists over the phone. 

Since its inception, more than 1.3 million people have used MyFreeTaxes, resulting in savings of $260 million in tax preparation fees. 

In addition to the free online option, United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) also offers free in-person tax preparation for qualified clients whose annual household income is $54,000 or less. Area residents can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment with an IRS-certified tax volunteer on UWCA’s campus in Birmingham. 

For more information about MyFreeTaxes or UWCA’s free in-person tax preparation, visit 

Tax preparation itself is but one of the many ways that UWCA seeks to improve the financial stability of residents throughout its six-county service area. In 2023, more than 27,000 individuals received financial counseling, job-relevant skills training and more through United Way.