United Way and Spectrum Gens tax prep assistance

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 8:00am

    Here is information that will be helpful to Lincoln County residents who could benefit from confidential and free tax prep assistance by trained volunteers (households generally earning less than $57,000). First is UW of Midcoast Maine's CASH Coalition and secondly is the CLC-Y AARP Aid at Spectrum Generations.  Especially key to reducing taxes and increasing refunds are learning about Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), the Childcare Tax Credits (CTC), and other debt reduction programs.

    Midcoast Ca$h is here for you. Volunteers are ready to help. Midcoast CA$H has teamed up with GetYourRefund.org to connect you to our IRS-certified virtual volunteers. Filing will be done virtually, and safety precautions will be in place at our drive-thru Scan & Go sites.

    If your household made less than $57,000 in 2020, there are three free, safe and easy ways to file your taxes:

    OPTION 1: Visit www.getyourrefund.org/midcstme to start your online intake process.You’ll answer a series of questions, upload documents, and receive phone calls from our team before we e-file your return.

    OPTION 2: File your own taxes (with access to helpline support) at myfreetaxes.com.

    OPTION 3: No mobile device or computer? No problem! Call 207-295-6340 to be sent an intake packet. Complete all forms, gather your documents, and head to one of our Scan & Go sites in Boothbay, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Topsham, and Wiscasset. All your documents will be scanned into GetYourRefund for you and your original documents will immediately be returned to you. You’ll receive phone calls from our team before we e-file your return.

    Got questions? Call Kelly (207) 295-6340 or email uwcash@uwmcm.org. Please note: We are receiving a high number of calls — thank you for your patience.

    Contact info for AARP Tax Assistance through Spectrum Generations at the CLC-YMCA in Damariscotta: Tuesdays in February through April 9. Call 563-1363 for appointment and to learn more about these programs.—they fill up fast! To learn more about these programs contact Spectrum Generations at 207-563-1363.

    Midcoast CA$H partners and sponsors include: Bath Savings Institution, Bowdoin College – McKeen Center for Common Good, CEI, Davenport Trust, First National Bank, General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works, John T. Gorman Foundation, Internal Revenue Service/VITA, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, Maine Women’s Fund, Midcoast Maine Community Action, New Ventures Maine, Norway Savings, and is an initiative of United Way of Mid Coast Maine.