Family Economic Success Day Feb 27. Offers Free Tax Preparation, Credit Reports

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Dana Z. Carter
United Way of Greater Greensboro
Phone: 336-378-6617
dana.carter@unitedwaygso.org

Sponsored by BB&T Bank and hosted by United Way of Greater Greensboro
(Greensboro, NC – January 27, 2015) – For those living paycheck to paycheck, on low to moderate income, earning, keeping, and growing one’s income is critical to financial success. United Way of Greater Greensboro knows the importance of a family’s financial health and has teamed up with BB&T Bank to host its second annual Family Economic Success Day, Friday, February 27, 2015.
Family Economic Success Day will offer free income tax preparation and filing services by IRS-certified volunteer income tax preparers, as well as information and instruction on financial topics. Free tax preparation is available to those whose households earned $53,000 or less in 2014. The BB&T Bus will be parked at United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville, and will serve as a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site for the day. Plus, BB&T will be offering free credit reports to those who qualify. Appointments preferred.
“A family’s financial stability could depend on the difference of keeping $200 or more in the bank instead of paying to have your taxes prepared and filed,” says Michelle Gethers-Clark, CEO and president of United Way of Greater Greensboro. “United Way offers free tax preparation services because we support the financial health of families. For those straddling the poverty line, this service is invaluable.”
WHAT: Family Economic Success Day
hosted by United Way of Greater Greensboro and sponsored by BB&T
WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00am-6:00pm – last appointments available at 5:00pm.
WHERE: United Way of Greater Greensboro, 1500 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro, NC 27405
To make an appointment for free tax preparation at Family Economic Success Day on February 27, please call Senior Resources of Guilford’s SeniorLine at 336-333-6981, United Way’s contracted VITA coordinator managing scheduling. To find out about other days and locations for free tax appointments, call 211.
Workshops during the day include:
10:00am: “Ducks in a Row: Planning for the Future as We Age”, The Elderlaw Firm
12:15pm: “Money and Me: Habits and Attitudes,” Housing Consultants Group
2:00pm: “Financial Solutions,” BB&T Bank
3:30pm: “Scoring with Money: Achieving Goals on a Shoestring Budget,” HandUp Homeownership Initiative
Workshops are open to the public, at any income level, not only people getting their taxes done. For questions about workshops, contact Sarah Glover at sarah.glover@unitedwaygso.org or 336-378-5036.
WHO QUALIFIES for FREE TAX PREPARATION: Households earning $53,000 or less in 2014 qualify for free tax preparation and credit reports on this day. There will also be a computer kiosk available for taxpayers who want to prepare their own taxes online through MyFreeTaxes.com, and the income threshold for that is $60,000.
IMPORTANT! WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: To receive free tax preparation services, you must bring with you a photo ID for all adults in the household, all W2s and tax documents, and actual social security cards or proof of ITIN numbers for every person in the household.
SPONSORED BY: United Way of Greater Greensboro, BB&T Bank, the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, and Senior Resources of Guilford
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED: United Way is staffing volunteers to help with the Family Economic Success Day. If you or your community group are interested in serving as volunteers on February 27, please contact Radiah Pinckney at United Way of Greater Greensboro: 336-378-6606 or radiah.pinckney@unitedwaygso.org for more information.
PAPER DONATIONS NEEDED: United Way is asking for donations of 8-1/2”x11” white paper to support the VITA program throughout the tax season. If you would like to donate, please contact Julie Longmire at 336-378-5023 or Julie.longmire@unitedwaygso.org.
United Way of Greater Greensboro is leading Greensboro’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the second year in row. VITA sites are available throughout the Greater Greensboro area now through April 11 and can be found by visiting NC211.org or dialing 211. Alternative to VITA, those interested in preparing their own taxes for free online and have a household income of $60,000 or less can visit www.myfreetaxes.com.
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