By Nikia Owens, Ph.D.

The Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is an ally for individuals navigating the complexities of tax preparation, especially for those who may feel overwhelmed by their tax situations. “YES, WE CAN” reflects the Campaign’s commitment to offering FREE comprehensive tax assistance to a broad range of tax filers, including those facing challenges that might deter them from engaging with the tax system. Here is how CWF can support the diverse tax needs of individuals and families:

  1. Assistance for First-Time Filers: CWF provides crucial support for individuals who have never filed taxes before, guiding them through the process with expert advice and ensuring they understand their obligations and potential benefits.
  2. Support for Those Who Owe the IRS: For people who find themselves in debt to the IRS, CWF offers strategies and referrals to address the tax filer’s situation by connecting them to legal clinics and advocate services to explore payment or relief options.
  3. Filing Unfiled Tax Returns: CWF can handle filing up to four years of unfiled tax returns, including the current tax year. This free service is invaluable for those who have fallen behind and are looking to rectify their tax status.
  4. Amendments and Corrections: For Tax filers who need to amend a previously filed tax return due to errors or overlooked information, CWF can assist in making the necessary corrections to ensure accuracy and compliance.
  5. Broad Eligibility and Inclusivity: CWF’s free services are designed to cater to a wide audience, including low- to moderate-income families, ensuring the benefits of tax returns, such as refunds and credits, are accessible to those who need them most.
  6. Educational Resources: Beyond just filing services, CWF provides educational resources to empower individuals with the knowledge to make informed tax decisions in the future, promoting financial literacy and independence.
  7. Free or Low-Cost Services: Understanding the financial constraints many face, CWF offers its services for FREE, removing the barrier of expensive tax preparation fees.
  8. Personalized Support: As appropriate, provides feedback and recommendations to ensure tax filers’ unique situations are carefully considered, offering personalized solutions that best fit the tax filer’s needs.
  9. Advocacy and Support: CWF advocates for taxpayers, connecting tax filers with support for addressing disputes with the IRS.

Campaign for Working Families embodies a comprehensive support system for tax filers, regardless of their current tax situation or history with the IRS. By offering this range of free services, from filing back taxes to educational resources, CWF ensures everyone has the opportunity to comply with tax laws, claim due refunds, and navigate the tax system with confidence and support. This inclusive approach addresses immediate tax filing needs and promotes long-term financial well-being for individuals and families.

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