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PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan. 29, 2013

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The following statements
reference the Walmart Foundation's donation of $4.16 million to Goodwill
Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way
Worldwide in support of the MyFreeTaxesPartnership, offering free federal and
state tax preparation and filing services both online and in person to
eligible Americans nationwide, along with Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
eligibility education. MyFreeTaxes online and in-person tax preparation and
filing services have helped 4.5 million families claim nearly $6 billion in
tax credits and refunds since 2009.

MyFreeTaxes launched today and is expected to help return an estimated $1.95
billion this year in total tax refunds, credits and tax preparation fee
savings to qualified taxpayers.


"In this difficult economic climate, every dollar counts. Each year, millions
of Americans pay hundreds of dollars to file their taxes, without knowing they
may be eligible for free filing. In addition, millions of Americans may not
receive their maximum tax refund because they aren't aware of the tax credits
for which they may be eligible. To help ease the financial burden of the tax
preparation process and make sure individuals and families receive their full
tax refund, the Walmart Foundation is pleased to partner with leading
nonprofits to offer MyFreeTaxes, a completely free tax-filing service."

--- Michelle Gilliard, Senior Director, Walmart Foundation

"Providing free tax preparation and filing assistance to eligible individuals
and families nationwide is a way to bring people into the tax system and
educate them about their rights and options. At the same time, we're making a
difference for taxpayers by helping them access vital tax credits such as the
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Our relationship with our partners, including
MyFreeTaxes, is a win for taxpayers."

--- Peggy Bogadi, Commissioner, Wage & Investment Division,
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


MyFreeTaxes Background and Filing Details:

For eligible taxpayers earning $57,000 or less per year, the Walmart
Foundation's $4.16 million grant in support of the MyFreeTaxesPartnership

  oProvide free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance for
    qualified individuals;
  oOffer eligible consumers two main ways to file:

       oOnline at for individuals and families with
         combined incomes of $57,000 or less;
       oIn person in the local community at:

            o100 United Way and 28 Goodwill® led community-based Volunteer
              Income Tax Assistance (VITA) efforts for individuals and
              families with combined incomes of $50,000 or less;
            o10 National Disability Institute led American Job Center region
              (formerly One-Stop Career Centers) efforts across the country
              where on-site tax coaches will help individuals and families
              with incomes of $57,000 or less file for free using

  oExpect to assist 210,000 people with disabilities to file their taxes for
    free and expand knowledge of EITC and other available tax credits by
    continuing to build the capacity of the MyFreeTaxes network to expand
    outreach to taxpayers with disabilities;
  oDeliver phone and online assistance for taxpayers using MyFreeTaxes.
    Taxpayers can:

       oVisit to locate a free tax site near them or call
         2-1-1 to schedule an appointment;
       oCall 1-855-My-Tx-Help for questions about;
       oContact their local tax filing site or call 2-1-1 if they need an ADA
         accommodation to file their taxes in person;
       oUse online chat available through Click on "contact

MyFreeTaxes national and local partners offer free federal and state tax
preparation and filing assistance online with tax filing software provided by
H&R Block^® and in person at sites in local communities. MyFreeTaxes partners
also provide taxpayers with eligibility information about the Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits to help them keep more of what they

Key Data Points:

  oSince 2009, MyFreeTaxeshas helped more than 4.5 million families file
    free federal and state tax returns, resulting in nearly $6 billion in
    federal income tax refunds, nearly $1.5 billion in Earned Income Tax
    Credits and more than $913 million in tax preparer fee savings.
    MyFreeTaxes has also helped more than 610,000 taxpayers with disabilities
    file their returns.

  oOf the 139 million U.S. taxpayers filing in 2011, 91 million reported
    adjusted gross incomes of $50,000 or less. Many of those taxpayers were
    eligible for a number of tax credits that often go unclaimed. In fact, 1
    in 5 Americans is unaware they qualify for EITC. MyFreeTaxes is expected
    to help return more than $1.95 billion in total tax refunds, credits and
    tax preparation fee savings to eligible individuals and families

About Philanthropy at Walmart

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better
through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally,
Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it
serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
Walmart has donated more than 900 million meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit

About United Way

United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including
more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good,
creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the key
building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people
and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get
things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of
the change. For more information about United Way, please visit

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies
in the United States and Canada with 14 affiliates in 13 other countries.
Goodwill is one of America's top 25 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2012).
Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund
job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based
programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 2,700
stores and online at Local Goodwill agencies also build
revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to
provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly,
food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2011, more
than 4.2 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from
Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 82 percent of its revenues
directly into its programs and services. To find a Goodwill location near you,
use the online locator at, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow
us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl or find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

About National Disability Institute

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization
dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities.
The first national organization committed exclusively to championing economic
empowerment, financial education, asset development and financial stability
for all persons with disabilities, National Disability Institute effects
change through public education, policy development, training, technical
assistance and innovative initiatives. Since 2005, National Disability
Institute and its Real Economic Impact (REI) Network of more than 900 partners
in more than 100 cities nationwide have helped 1.5 million people with
disabilities receive more than $1.4 billion in tax refunds. To learn more,

SOURCE Walmart Foundation

Contact: Walmart Media Relations 1-800-331-0085
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