Tax season is upon us, and on Saturday United Way of Anchorage kicked off its free tax-preparation program.

Organizers say the program is a good way to save money, and possibly receive more cash back on tax refunds.

“What United Way cares about is helping build a community of financially stable households and families and this is one simple easy way that people can save that hundred to two hundred dollars to get their taxes done for free,” said Maureen Haggblom, United Way of Anchorage's income impact director.

Last tax season, United Way says 5,313 Anchorage residents took advantage of free tax prep, saving an estimated $1,062,600 in service fees.

If you couldn't make it out this weekend, don't worry. Free tax prep will be available on a walk-in basis at 10 sites across Anchorage, staffed with certified AARP tax-aid volunteers, from Feb. 1 through April 17.

Upcoming special events, free tax prep site locations, schedules and information, including a list of what to bring, can be found at www.FreeTaxPrepANC.com or by calling 211.

To participate you'll need to bring a photo ID, wage and earnings forms, social security cards, and a copy of last year's tax return.

There is also a free tax preparation option online at www.MyFreeTaxes.com, for those who earned $66,000 or less and want to file their own taxes.

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