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
    • Income qualification: 2012 household income less than $57,000. Use of requires an active email address.


“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!