Join us at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1701 C Street on Saturday, Feb. 16th from 10 am to 4 pm for free tax preparation, mini-workshops (beginning at 10:15 am), advice on everything from jobs and education to how to improve your credit score and be a better renter and shopper. Kid’s activities, free snacks-and we’ll do your taxes for free!
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It’s easier than ever for Anchorage residents to get their Federal Income Taxes prepared for free. Additional free tax prep sites, a new online option and several self-assisted sites are being offered in Anchorage and Eagle River this year. Three Super Saturday events are planned that combine free tax preparation with mini financial workshops, children’s activities and a wealth of information about ways to boost your income.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that 15 percent of Anchorage residents qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) but fail to apply for it when they file their Federal Income Taxes. That’s just one reason why United Way of Anchorage is working with partners like AARP-Tax Aide, who have offered free tax preparation for qualified Alaskans for more than 30 years.
This tax season, Alaskans can take advantage of free tax preparation at eight sites around Anchorage, three sites in Chugiak/Eagle River and at three Super Saturday events. Free Self-Assisted tax Sites, which allow people to do their own taxes online for free with computers and assistance available, have been expanded to four locations. These sites include Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s (AHFC’s) Gateway Learning Center (440 East Benson), and Job Centers in Muldoon (1251 N. Muldoon Road, Suite 111), Midtown (3301 Eagle Street, Suite 101) and Eagle River (11723 Old Glenn Highway). Taxpayers who made less than $57,000 in 2012, and who do not need help, also can file their taxes online for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.com/UWAnch.
Last year, the Anchorage Free Tax Preparation Program helped more than 5,600 Southcentral Alaskans to file their taxes for free, and organizers hope to help even more individuals and families in 2013. Last tax season, Alaskans who filed from free local tax preparation sites saved more than $900,000 in preparation costs while being guided to over $1.7 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and ultimately receiving more than $10 million in returns.
“Helping individuals and families save the cost of preparing their taxes is just one way that we can help get more Alaskans on the road to long-term financial stability,” said United Way of Anchorage President Michele Brown. “Filing your taxes on time, making sure you get the maximum refund and seeing if you qualify for the EITC is critical for everyone, but especially for those who are living paycheck to paycheck.”
Most free tax preparation sites will open the week of February 1 in neighborhoods around Anchorage, offering a variety of operation times and days; all 11 sites will be open by mid-February. In addition, the first Super Saturday event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January 26, at the Northeast Community Center (1251 N. Muldoon Road). Super Saturdays also are scheduled for Saturday, February 16 at Salvation Army Community Center in Midtown and on Saturday, April 6 at Crosspoint Community Church (near Burlington Coat Factory) in south Anchorage. See a list of all of the free tax sites (attached), as well as a list of what to bring with you when you are having your taxes prepared.
Taxpayers have until April 15 to file their tax returns this year. Free tax preparation in Anchorage is made possible by a collaboration between United Way of Anchorage, the IRS, AARP Tax-Aide Foundation, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the University of Alaska Anchorage, Wal-Mart Foundation, the National Disability Institute, the faith-based community, individual volunteers, nonprofits and government service providers.
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About United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage works to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks for a good life: education, income and health. The goal is to create lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. United Way invites everyone to be part of the change. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED. Please visit LIVEUNITEDANCHORAGE.org.
|NEWSFor Immediate ReleaseDate: October 12, 2012||Contact: Maureen Haggblom 907-263-3823 email@example.com|
Free Financial Fitness Fair Offered to Help Alaskans Be More Financially Savvy
Free Workshops, Document Shredding and Credit Reports
Anchorage, AK – The average Alaskan has nearly $8,000 racked up in credit card debt. In part, because many are tempted to blow their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) as soon as they get it, but mainly because far too many residents are living paycheck-to-paycheck. That’s why a group of nonprofits and community partners have organized the 2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair for Saturday, Oct. 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army Community Center. This year, the event will be held in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB’s) Secure Your ID Day.
Shred Alaska will be in the parking lot offering to securely destroy old documents for free. Then, come inside the building to get information on everything from credit counseling and taxes to financing an education and taking the first steps toward homeownership. Free credit reports will be offered, tax preparation will be available by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers and the first 50 people in the door will receive a free financial portfolio. There also will be free snacks, kid’s activities and door prizes.
Free workshops will begin every 15 minutes. Workshop topics include:
- Saving & Investing-Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union
- ID Theft –Alaska Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit
- The Cost of Credit: Your Money Source for a Savings Plan – Money Management International
- Shop & Save – Cooperative Extension Service, Family Nutrition Program
- Landlord Tenant Issues – Alaska Legal Services
- Health Savings Accounts – Wells Fargo Bank Alaska
- Investment & Retirement Accounts – Edward Jones
- Wills & Estate Planning – Connie Ashenbrenner
- Home Ownership: Yes You Can! – Panel to include Cook Inlet Lending Center, NeighborWorks and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)
For more information on the workshop schedule, and to pre-register visit www.FinancialFitAK.com.
Organizations with tables at the Fair include Alaska 2-1-1, Alaska SourceLink, Alaska Food Coalition, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), Alaska Job Center Network, Alaska Legal Services Corp., Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, AVTEC, Cook Inlet Lending Center, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Credit Union 1, Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Edward Jones, IRS Taxpayer Advocate, Money Management International (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Alaska), NeighborWorks, Nine Star Education and Employment Services, UAF Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program, University of Phoenix, Wells Fargo, Alaska Office of the Attorney General-Consumer Protection Unit and First National Bank Alaska.
The Financial Fitness Fair is organized by the Financial Partnership Network – a group of private, government and nonprofit professionals and organizations that are finding ways to help Anchorage families increase their income and save for the future. Sponsors of the event include United Way of Anchorage, Shred Alaska, BBB/Secure Your ID Day, Don’t Borrow Trouble Alaska, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska, First National Bank Alaska and National Disability Institute/Real Economic Impact Tour. Learn more by calling 2-1-1.
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About United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage works to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks for a good life: education, income and health. The goal is to create long lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. United Way invites everyone to be part of the change. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED. Please visit www.liveunitedanchorage.org
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