HELPING YOU FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST FROM YOUR MONEY

February 21, 2013

Did you know that free federal and state income tax preparation and financial education resources are available to Maine residents with household income under $57,000? CA$H Greater Portland, an initiative of United Way of Greater Portland, is a partnership of community leaders and industry experts empowering families and individuals to achieve financial stability. Since 2004, 4,632 households have saved $810,600 in tax preparation fees, applied for $8.24 million in federal and state tax refunds, and received $2.37 million in Earned Income Tax Credits through this United Way of Greater Portland program.

This year, there are two options for free filing:

  • OPTION 1: File for free in person with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer. 
    • Income qualification: 2012 household income less than $51,000. Call 874-1000 to schedule an appointment. ADA and interpreter accommodations available upon request.
  • OPTION 2: File for free online. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/maine
    • Income qualification: 2012 household income less than $57,000. Use of myfreetaxes.com/maine requires an active email address.

SPECIAL EVENTS

“Make the Most of Your Money” Week: sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank and Avesta Housing
Join us for FREE tax preparation; Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund application assistance; credit reports, unclaimed property search; housing assistance; and money management tools.
WHEN: February 26-28, 5-8 p.m. and March 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
HOW: Call United Way at 874-1000 to schedule an appointment

Deaf Tax Day: sponsored by Maine Center on Deafness and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
An exclusive free tax preparation event for individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Interpreters will be on-site (appointment required).
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
HOW: Call Maine Center on Deafness at 797-7656 (V/TTY) or 766-7111 (Video Phone) to schedule an appointment.

For more information about CA$H, check out this news segment from WCSH-6.

P.S. CA$H Greater Portland, and our ten statewide coalition partners, ranked #1 in the country for highest accuracy rate among the 455 IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites last year!