UWCF Financial Stability Partnership Provides Free Tax Prep as First Step to Increasing Stability
For many, free tax preparation is often a first step toward greater financial stability–and it’s working. This year, we are yielding a 44% rate of savings by families who decide to put $300 of their refund in a savings account. Last year the rate was only 10%. Scott Lonsberry, United Way Director Community Projects says, “We’re excited with this momentum. So far, we’ve brought back a total of $162,750 to 84 families in Polk and 36 of these families have put at least $300 of it in savings.”
In 2015, our goal is to lead and collaborate to increase access to services. If we increase the number of people creating an additional $300 or more in savings, they’ll be better equipped to handle an emergency. As they learn and save more, people are able to pay down debt, repair their credit; purchase a more reliable vehicle, a home, or education that leads to a higher paying job and better quality of life.
United Way of Central Florida currently partners with Florida Prosperity Partnership, Walmart Foundation and 11 different sites across the community to help people maximize their refunds and get connected with life-changing financial education.
Visit uwcf.org/money to learn more and schedule and appointment --or dial 211 from anywhere to speak to a specialist and get a referral to the nearest location. Those who want to maximize their own refund can go to myfreetaxes.org, a site available through a partnership with the Walmart Foundation.
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United Way in partnership with Florida Prosperity Partnership, Walmart Foundation and 11 Site partners across Polk County
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