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Welcome to CA$H Greater Portland

Helping you find ways to make the most of your money

"Creating Assets, Savings and Hope"-- a partnership of community leaders and industry experts, brought to you by United Way of Greater Portland.

 

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Free Tax Preparation

Prepare your state and federal income taxes for free at www.myfreetaxes.com/maine if your household made less than $58,000 in 2013.

Free tax preparation events are still available throughout Maine. Dial 2-1-1 for a tax site near you.

Money Smart Week

Join us on Free Credit Report Day, April 11, to learn how your credit and debt can impact employment, your business, and your ability to make future purchases. Hear from a panel of experts, attend free workshops, and get your free credit reports. Workshops are free and open to the public from 12-3:30 p.m. at Portland Public Library. Click here for more details.

See CA$H in Action

Mainers get free tax help in Portland, CA$H Maine also offering asset building advice on WMTW (http://bit.ly/1gN09gH)

Free tax prep could lead to college savings on WCSH (http://on.wcsh6.com/1hA9vyl)

 

Do You Have Unclaimed Assets?

You may have left money behind, from a job, bank account, or another state. It takes 2 minutes to find out: www.missingmoney.com.

Did You Receive an Income Tax Refund?

You can get your refund throughout the year instead, and have more money every month to pay bills. Go to your workplace payroll department, and change your W-4 to withhold fewer taxes from your paycheck. Click here for instructions from the IRS.

Do You Quality For Maine Benefits?

Visit My Maine Connection to get connected to:

  • Low- or no-cost health care
  • Help with buying food
  • Help with buying prescription drugs
  • Help with paying for child care
  • Special tax credits
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Test (and Improve) Your Financial Knowledge

  1. 30 Steps to Financial Wellness: www.financialliteracymonth.com
  2. Financial planning checklists: www.fpanet.org (under tools & resources)
  3. Money management resource library: www.smartaboutmoney.org
  4. Personal finance calculators: www.360financialliteracy.org
  5. Children and financial education: www.moneyasyougrow.org

Get connected to organizations that can help you find ways to make the most of your money by dialing 2-1-1, visit www.211maine.org.

Free financial education

2014 free tax preparation results--thank you!

  • $1.2 million income tax refunds
  • 1,100 FREE state and federal tax returns prepared
  • $104K in filing fee savings
  • 523 asset building activities
  • 146 volunteers and 1,941 volunteer hours

2014 free tax preparation was provided by CA$H Greater Portland, a program of United Way of Greater Portland, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, CA$H volunteers, and the Greater Portland CA$H Coalition: AARP Tax-Aide, Casco Federal Credit Union, CEI, Community Financial Literacy, Goodwill Industries of NNE, Gorham Savings Bank, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), KeyBank, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland Housing Authority and Women, Work and Community--thank you!

Free tax preparation events were offered statewide by CA$H Greater Portland, members of CA$H Maine, and AARP Tax-Aide—10 coalitions working together to help individuals and families find ways to make the most of their money.

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors: United Way of Greater Portland, Goodwill Industries of NNE, John T. Gorman Foundation, IRS, KeyBank, Casco Federal Credit Union, Gorham Savings Bank, and Symquest.