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"Ney, Mary-Margaret" <[log in to unmask]>
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Ney, Mary-Margaret
Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:13:45 +0000
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Here is a link to CA$H Maine: CA$H Maine is 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 to qualified filers during the tax season, and connects residents to financial education resources, including money management and home buying workshops, Family Development Accounts (FDAs) and credit counseling.

At their site you will find a list of contacts that may be of help.


Mamie Anthoine Ney
Southern Maine Library District 
Portland Public Library, 3rd Flr.
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
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From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of K Whalin
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 3:42 PM
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Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] tax help in high school libraries?

Some other thoughts/concerns-- privacy issues about students seeing other students' earnings? legal implications- clear understanding that providing assistance is not providing tax advice or the work of a professional preparer?

The AARP volunteers are so good because they understand all the assorted pitfalls of tax preparing! Does anyone remember Will Manley's annual rants about libraries staying out of the income tax business?

Some cliffs are best left unscaled,
kathleen whalin, York Public Library

> that's a great idea, Andrea.
> In past years, our Business Education students helped other students 
> complete their tax return *with the assistance of a local accountant*.
>  They charged a nominal fee which was used to attend a state conference.
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM, Andrea Terry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello all!
>> I had a Thought the other day - thought I'd tap the Collective Brain 
>> for
>> input:
>> Lots of my high school students are filing their first tax returns 
>> this year.  I can remember how scary that was to me as a high school 
>> kid with a few thousand dollars in income, even though the 1040 EZ is 
>> pretty straightforward.  I know public libraries sometimes have 
>> trained volunteers come in to help those with lower income file their 
>> returns.
>> I
>> have asked a few of my working students and they seem very 
>> enthusiastic about having help.  Has anyone ever hosted one of those 
>> volunteers in their high school library?  Does anyone know how I 
>> might contact whomever provides help?  Can you all think of a 
>> roadblock I'm not thinking of (I'm new at this)?  By all means, 
>> please give me your input, positive or otherwise!
>> Andrea Terry
>> Richmond Middle/High School
>> Library Media Technician
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