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Tax Season Help - 2016

Did you know that you can have your taxes done for free if you earned less than $54,000? United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers trained tax return specialists to make sure you get the largest tax return possible. They will make sure you capture underutilized credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, and can also help connect you with other resources available in the community. Dial 211 from your phone to schedule your appointment today, or file online here.

Have you ever been excited to receive a large refund, only to have the money disappear as if you had holes in your pockets? Here are a few ways to let your money work for you this tax season:

· Pay off your credit card or other debts. Paying down credit card debt saves you monthly interest fees. This is also one of the best ways to improve your credit score, which can save you money in the long run.

· Pay your car insurance up for 6 months. Wouldn’t it feel really nice to not have that monthly fee for a few months? An added benefit - insurance companies typically offer a small discount when you pay your bill in full.

· Open an IDA savings account. Community Works Carolina has an Individual Development Account (IDA) Program that helps low- to moderate-income individuals  triple their savings. If you save up to $1,000, Community Works will match it three-to-one. The account can be used towards the purchase of a long-term asset, such as a home, education, or a small business. As part of the program, you will be asked to save a minimum of $25/month and attend free classes to help make your dreams for the future a reality!

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YouthBuild Greenville

Free Training for Youth, Ages 17-24

YouthBuild is offering free training in construction-based careers, and registration is open through March 24. The next registration will open in September. The free training includes the following:

- GED instruction by certified teachers (testing included)
- Certifications in construction
- Paid work experience at Habitat for Humanity build sites
- Leadership training
- Assistance with transportation and childcare costs
- Assistance finding a job
- Assistance with applications for admissions and
  financial aid for college

Invest in your dreams in a supportive, caring environment with high expectations and encouragement to succeed. Attend an orientation, and learn more about this opportunity to advance your career. Orientations are held every Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Goodwill Job Connection at 3229 West Blue Ridge Drive. For more information, please contact Jaime Raichel at 303-3769, or Asha Mayfield at 605-8270.
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Youth Job Fair

Saturday, March 19

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

McAlister Square

The Urban League of the Upstate is hosting its 2nd Annual Youth Job Fair to help youth ages 14-21 find part-time employment, as well as volunteer and internship opportunities. Enjoy live entertainment and prizes while you plan for your future!

Bring several copies of your resume/work experience and references to share with employers. Dress to impress in case you are asked to interview. Contact the Urban League at 864-244-3862 for more information, or register at

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