Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope

Volunteer

CA$H Maine is made possible thanks to the efforts of community volunteers. All volunteer tax preparers are certified by the IRS, and follow a strict set of guidelines to maintain the highest level of client confidentiality. For more information, please contact the CA$H Coalition in your area.

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Are you leaving money on the table? CA$H will prepare your taxes for free!

Visit any CA$H Maine tax site to have your state and federal income taxes prepared and filed for free by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers. CA$H offers no-cost tax preparation, and connects you to free and low-cost resources that can save you money, including information about how to fund higher education for you or your children.

Option 1: File in person. Prepared and e-filed free by an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer. Find a coalition near you and schedule an appointment, or call 2-1-1 to find a location near you. Thank you for helping others know about our events: CA$H Maine 2014 Flier (English) and translated fliers: AcholiArabicFarsiFrenchMandarinPortugueseRussianSomaliSpanish; and Vietnamese.  ADA and interpreter accommodations available upon request.

Be sure to get connected to higher education grants at our events: ask for your Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) voucher. For more information, visit Finance Authority of Maine.

Option 2: File online. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/maine. Income qualification: 2013 household income less than $58,000. Available in all states. Requires an active email address.

Income Tax Tip: Apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit and receive up to $6,044. Public benefit programs do not count this your tax refund as income for one year.

Free tax preparation is provided by members and volunteers of CA$H Maine, a collaboration of ten statewide coalitions, comprised of 50 non- and for-profit partners, working together to help low- and moderate-income Mainers make the most of their money. CA$H Maine offers free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers to qualified filers, and connects residents to financial education resources, including information about funding higher education for children and their families. In 2013, CA$H Maine helped more than 4,610 Maine residents save $806,750 in filing fees and claim $2.4 million in Earned Income Tax Credits while getting $6.9 million back in federal income tax refunds.

Higher education resources for you and your children

Get connected to higher education resources for you and your children at any CA$H Maine tax site. Ask for your voucher at any of our events. Can’t make it? Find out more from the Finance Authority of Maine.

 
Highlights
More families access CA$H

Children with a college savings account in their name are shown to be seven times more likely to attend and complete college than those without. This year, with the support of John T. Gorman Foundation and Harold Alfond Foundation, CA$H Maine will expand its ability to help more Maine families reach educational and long-term financial stability goals.

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Study shows college savings plan encourages enrollment

A 2013 Washington University study shows that  a college savings plan can encourage students to enroll and graduate from college. The report notes that promoting even a small amount of college savings, can make a huge difference in a child’s likelihood to attend college. Evidence shows that “children with $1 to $499 designated for school are 2.5 times more likely to enroll in and graduate from college than children with no account.”

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