50% of Americans qualify for 2017 VITA tax return service

The VITA program has now opened for calendar year 2017. The federal government funded program, formally known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, allows Americans with an income of less than $55,000 or so to file their taxes for free. Note the income ranges can vary slightly by local community. Since the census bureau states that the median household income in this country is about $50,000, this means that roughly 50%+ of Americans could qualify for VITA. So say goodbye to costly TurboTax, H&R Block services, and all those fee based providers!

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Interest free loans issued in 2017 by income tax filing companies

Millions of people, including families that claim the (EITC) Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit, may face a delay in receiving their 2017 income tax refunds. This is being caused by the latest IRS guidelines that are intended to combat fraud and theft in the system. In an effort to help low income families get access to the money they need, many companies are offering interest free loans to help fill the gap.

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Curb Appeal on a budget

Maintaining a clean and inviting exterior to your home not only makes your experience living there enjoyable but it also prepares your home in advance for selling. Many of the things to do also add to energy conservation of the home, which is important for families of all income levels. Here are some ideas for maintaining the outside of your home:

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Vacation saving tips for low income families

Vacations can be expensive. Many people simply cannot afford to take time off of work or pay for travel/hotel/transportation expenses. This is even more true for low to moderate income families that need to closely follow a budget. If you do find yourself in a financial position where you can take a vacation, here are some money saving tips. No matter what, it is always a great idea to try and do it.

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Alternatives for health care if Obamacare repealed

The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, may be repealed at some point in 2017. While it is much too early to speculate on what type of health insurance program may replace it, anyone that is currently enrolled in this benefit should start to plan accordingly. As we always say, you should always plan for the worst and hope for the best. This applies to life in general, and not just medical care.

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