LEWISTON — A free, statewide effort to help low- and moderate-income residents do their federal and state taxes is under way, with a day for L-A residents set for Feb. 9.
CA$H Maine, 11 statewide coalitions and AARP Tax-Aide will provide free tax preparation using IRS-certified volunteers from now until April 15. In addition to free tax preparation, CA$H volunteers offer assistance completing Maine Property Tax and Rent Refund applications, state benefits pre-screening and free credit reports.
Sites will be open in many communities statewide Monday through Saturday. Dial 211 to get connected to a free event near you. Income qualification: 2012 household income less than $51,000. ADA and interpreter accommodations available upon request.
For more information, visit www.cashmaine.org.
In addition, in Lewiston-Auburn, Super Refund Saturday, hosted by the L-A CA$H Coalition, will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave. IRS-certified volunteers will prepare/e-file federal and state returns free of charge for low- to moderate-income residents making $50,000 per year and less.
The event will feature a Community Resource Fair involving Women, Work and Community; Community Concepts; St. Mary’s Nutrition Center; Pine Tree Legal Assistance; Electricity Maine; More Than Wheels; City of Auburn Homebuyer Assistance Program; Head Start; Veterans Center and Togus; KeyBank; and the Center for Wisdom’s Women.
CA$H coaches will be available to talk about budgeting, savings, home ownership and other financial-related topics.
The coalition will provide the pulling/review of individual credit reports for those having their taxes done, and eight Hannaford gift card drawings will occur throughout the day.
To schedule a free tax prep appointment for Super Refund Saturday, or another date, L-A-area residents can call 513-3160. Walk-ins on Feb. 9 will be served only as time permits.
To learn more about the free tax prep and the Earned Income Tax Credit — a federal tax credit for low- to moderate-income workers — local residents are encouraged to visit www.lewistonmaine.gov/lacash.
The coalition is funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a statewide VITA grant and Key Bank.