Stress availability in Lockport
In 2013, Consumer Credit
Counseling Service (CCCS) launched the Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition
(NCFLC) in to provide free opportunities for financial education and awareness.
It is designed to help low-income Niagara County residents, with access to
volunteer income tax assistance a central focus.
Residents can file their taxes
for free, and special attention will be paid to ensure the earned income tax
credit is received.
CCCS encouraged Niagara County
residents to take advantage of these free services. There are currently
appointments available, specifically in Lockport, with several openings right
now. Call 716-712-2060 to reserve a spot.
Individuals can get their
federal and state taxes filed for free at these two Niagara County locations:
Community Church 140 Genesee St., Lockport
and Children Services Center 1522 Main St., Niagara Falls
Household income must be at or
below $54,000. Appointments are available on Tuesdays in Lockport and on
Wednesdays in Niagara Falls through April.
CCCS and the coalition will
encourage filers to attend free one-on-one financial coaching sessions to help
set a budget and spend their returns wisely. The Niagara County community is
also urged to participate in other services provided by the coalition,
including financial literacy classes Dollars amp; Sense, Credit Counts and
Money in Motion.
As another option to file 2015
taxes, individuals can go directly to the Consumer Credit Counseling website
and file online. To file, click on myfreetaxes on the CCCS website, www.consumercreditbuffalo.org.
Software is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Online help is also
available, at specific times. See the website for more information. Myfreetaxes
is a facilitated self-assistance filing service sponsored by the IRS.
The coalition is a
collaborative effort among many community partners. The following agencies
participate in the NCFLC:
oUnited Way of
Childrens Service of Niagara
Department of Social Services
oThe American Red
Community Action Program)
oYWCA of Niagara
oYMCA of Lockport
oCity of Niagara
Falls Department of Community Development
oNiagara County Community
College Single Moms Program
oNew York State
oHeart, Love and
Community Revitalization Services
oBank of America
For more information on the
Coalition and CCCS – or to get involved – contact Noelle Carter at 716-771-3255 or [emailprotected].