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Category Archives: Financial Stability

Need to claim your Economic Impact Payment? Time is running out.

September 4, 2020 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability |

Written by Erika Leos, Financial Wellness Program Manager While a second stimulus payment is still being negotiated in Washington, there is still time to claim the first payment, but not much! For those who have not received your stimulus payment, here are the dates you need to keep in mind: Some federal benefit recipients need […]

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Staying Financially Protected During Coronavirus

August 20, 2020 | Posted in Financial Stability |

Written by Jasmine Walia If you find yourself unable to make payments on bills, loans, or debts, you are not alone. Many of us are experiencing financial uncertainty due to coronavirus. Feeling anxious or overwhelmed is normal, as does not knowing what steps to take to keep yourself and your family financially protected. However, there […]

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Still Need to File Your Taxes? Tax Day is Coming July 15

July 1, 2020 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , , ,

Due to COVID-19 the deadline for filing taxes was extended to July 15. If you still need to file your taxes, Foundation Communities’ free online tax prep services are available for anyone who needs it. With the income tax filing deadline right around the corner, Austinites who need to file their tax return still have […]

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Q&A with IRS-certified Online Tax Prep Volunteer Johnny LeBlanc

May 26, 2020 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , ,

Every year Foundation Communities helps more than 20,000 Central Texans prepare and file their taxes and maximize their refund. This year we had to close in-person tax preparation due to COVID-19, but in early April we launched 100% online tax preparation through July 15. Instead of meeting with clients in person, our tax preparers are […]

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Benefits of Using Free Online Tax Preparation

May 15, 2020 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , ,

For more than 15 years, Foundation Communities has welcomed community members to free tax preparation sites across the city. This year, we had to close our in-person tax prep services because of COVID-19, but we knew that thousands of people still needed help to file their taxes and claim their refunds. That’s why we’re now […]

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FAQ: What to Know About Online Tax Prep and Stimulus Checks

April 29, 2020 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability, In the News | Keywords: , ,

Is free tax preparation available during COVID-19 closures? Yes! Foundation Communities has partnered with GetYourRefund.org to offer free online tax preparation for the local community. You provide your household information and tax documents, and our IRS-certified tax preparers will complete and file your tax return. Visit bit.ly/GetYourRefundAustin to get started. We are not offering in-person […]

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Grant Funds to Benefit Community Tax Centers

June 26, 2019 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability, Volunteer |

Since 2016, Terri Pensock has volunteered at our Community Tax Centers and as a Financial Coach. On behalf of Foundation Communities, she applied for and received a $2,000 grant from the IBM Community Grant Program. The grant funds will be used to purchase new computer equipment for use at our Community Tax Centers. IBM provides […]

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Tax Services Help Mom Imagine a Brighter Future

March 25, 2019 | Posted in Tax Services, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , ,

Christina spent years working multiple jobs to provide for her children. She struggled to make ends meet and they fought to keep a roof over their heads, staying with friends and family whenever possible. At times, they lived out of their car, and she prayed daily for answers and clear direction with hope that was […]

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Lugo Family Finds Success & Opportunities With Community Support

February 4, 2019 | Posted in Housing, Financial Stability | Keywords: , , , , ,

More time together has been the greatest benefit the Lugo family has gained since Foundation Communities nominated them to be Austin American Statesman Season for Caring recipients. Those selected are provided with funds from the community to improve their lives. Among the items the Lugos requested were clothing, assistance with rent and utilities, and help […]

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Free Minds Sparks Mom’s Love of Learning

January 31, 2018 | Posted in Financial Stability |

Lanna always dreamed of a life filled with adventure and learning. She was one of twelve children in a working-class family and grew up in a small town in Illinois. Getting a job as soon as she could, Lanna was proud of making her own money and being in charge of her own life. She […]

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