We are excited to welcome Brian Rakovitis, our new manager of financial empowerment initiatives, to the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) team! Rakovitis has made his way back to CEDAM after starting as an AmeriCorps member through us. He served at United Way of Washtenaw County on the previously active Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps. After his… Read more »
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On Friday, June 16, practitioners throughout Michigan gathered in Lansing to discuss the state of their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs at the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition’s (MEIC) annual Learning Exchange. The 2017 filing season came with both new and recurring challenges: new filing software (TaxSlayer), volunteer recruitment/retention and building programs with low capacity…. Read more »
Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) ___________________________________________________ “Everyone can begin filing their taxes as soon as tax season begins; however, due to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act passed in December of 2015, the IRS must hold all refunds with either a EITC or ACTC claim… Read more »
Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition We are smack dab in the middle of the 2016 tax filing season. Whether or not you will receive a refund, you could end up losing some of your hard-earned money by paying an unqualified and unregulated person to file your tax return. Unfortunately,… Read more »
Written by Lisa Assenmacher, Communication and Training Specialist Financial instability is the root of many of the challenges that community economic development organizations work with on a daily basis when serving clients. You can help your community address economic instability in four ways. 1. Call attention to economic disparity in your community by showcasing data… Read more »
By Ross Yednock, Project Director, Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) Everyone does it. Or, at least, most people do. Some do it them on their own, others shell out their hard earned money and pay to have it done. But for those that learn about free tax preparation services, the savings can be huge. This… Read more »
Sarah Anthony, Director of Finance & Strategic Partnership, MCAN As the cost of college continues to increase, financial aid becomes ever more important. While many factors are involved in the decision to attend college, there is a strong correlation between completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and college enrollment. A completed… Read more »
VITA helps Michigan residents access higher tax refunds that they can in turn put toward savings. The MEIC advocates to encourage state legislators to maintain funding to support these programs.
Bringing tax preparation and FAFSA application together helps students retain and access more resources.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance from a volunteer’s perspective