Written by Janet Smith (Regional Manager, Western Region)
CA$H Maine is one of over 12,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs across the country that the IRS relies on to help people file their taxes for free. In 2016, CA$H Maine’s IRS certified volunteers helped over 5,000 Maine people qualify for and keep 100% of their refunds. This adds up to over $6,000,000 that people received without worrying about hidden fees or unexpected charges.
Who Can Get Free Tax prep?
Generally, if your household income was less than $54,000 in 2016, you likely qualify to have your taxes prepared and e-filed for free.
The volunteer tax preparers at CA$H Maine’s free tax preparation sites go through extensive training and are certified by the IRS. CA$H Maine makes sure their clients receive high-quality, professional service by trained volunteers who are equipped to identify tax refund opportunities. CA$H Maine’s goal is to help its clients get their maximum refund and claim all the credits they have earned.
More Than Tax Filing Help
Tax season can be a great time to start saving money, building your assets, and thinking about managing your money. CA$H Maine’s volunteers connect tax filers to matched savings programs, free classes, and other community services. For example, while having her taxes prepared by Aroostook CA$H in 2016, Victoria signed up for a free money management class at New Ventures Maine. Victoria shares, “Now I spend less money. I set aside money without thinking about it, or being tempted to spend it.”
For more information on CA$H Maine, visit cashmaine.org.
For more about the benefits of free tax preparation read this blog from the Get It Back Campaign.