Tax season has begun! Once again, Associated Ministries, in partnership with several other local organizations, will offer FREE tax preparation services to low and moderate income taxpayers and seniors at 23 different locations in Pierce County. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Why get your taxes done through VITA?
- You will receive help from IRS certified tax preparers, and you are helping people expand their experience and resume to find jobs in the financial field.
- Volunteers will help eligible taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other similar credits. A large number of taxpayers who could qualify for the EITC do not claim the credit.
- It’s free for low and moderate income taxpayers (incomes up to $54,000), and seniors.
Before going to a VITA site, be sure to bring:
- Income documents such as W2s from all jobs worked, and 1099 forms for other income
- Documentation of expenses you want to claim, such as child care expenses, home mortgage interest, higher education expenses, and charitable donations
- Bank account information for refund direct deposit
- Photo ID for the primary taxpayer (and spouse, if married).
- Social Security Cards or ITIN cards for all family members.
Please note that VITA volunteers are unable to do tax returns for married taxpayers filing separately, or returns with some complex tax situations.
VITA sites are located throughout Pierce County. Call 2-1-1 or visit www.VolunteerTaxHelp.org to locate a site near you.
True to Northwest style, hundreds of people came out even with the threat of rain, to participate in the 36th annual Pierce County Hunger Walk!
Raising thousands of dollars to help fight against hunger in our community, people from throughout the community came together as one, to show they care. And they are still receiving donations for their part in the walk!
Perhaps you are now thinking, “darn, I wish I could’ve participated”; there is still time to help. For the month of October, we are continuing to raise funds through “Harvesting for Hunger”. So whether you had to miss the walk this year, or were able to participate but feel lead to do more, you have the opportunity.
Our “Harvesting for Hunger” is a fun way for folks to donate through an interactive poster. Kids can color the pieces of fruit and vegetables, adults write the amount they will be donating, and then post it on either the tree or basket.
Everybody can participate! It is a fun way faith communities (especially youth groups), school or civic groups or businesses can show their support in the fight to combat hunger in Pierce County. All funds raised will go to Emergency Food Network who can take $1 and turn it into $12 worth of food.
The steps to “Harvesting for Hunger” are simple:
- a person is selected as the point of contact
- posts the poster of their choice (or both if they want!)
- advertises the opportunity to either “fill the basket” or “harvest the tree”
- collects the money
- contacts Michele Cotton at email@example.com to arrange delivery of monetary donations
- more people in our community will receive necessary food for themselves and their families!
Downloads of posters and images you can use are available online under the Hunger Walk Resource Tab. Uniting together to help the most vulnerable in our community is a mission we can all agree on!
Download Flyer Here
AHC Candidate Forum
Candidates: 7 Pierce County Council candidates + 2 Pierce County Executive candidates
Moderator: Matt Driscoll, TNT columnist
Co-host: NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] Pierce County
Hors d’oeuvres & beverages will be provided.
To RSVP or for more info, contact Connie Brown, Executive Director
Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
253.627.0949, fax 253.627.2160
1323 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma 98405