Archive for March 22, 2016

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Niagara, Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition announce openings at …

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:

  • Christ
    Community Church 140 Genesee St., Lockport
  • Family
    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
Greater Niagara

oFamily amp;
Childrens Service of Niagara

oNiagara County
Department of Social Services

oThe American Red
Cross

oLiteracy New
York Buffalo-Niagara

oNiaCap (Niagara
Community Action Program)

oYWCA of Niagara

oYMCA of Lockport

oNiagara Falls
Housing Authority

oLockport Housing
Authority

oRivershore Inc.

oCity of Niagara
Falls Department of Community Development

oNiagara
Worksource One

oNiagara
University

oNiagara County Community
College Single Moms Program

oNew York State
Tax Department

oHeart, Love and
Soul

oHighland
Community Revitalization Services

oNiagara Falls
School District

oThe Dale
Association

oOrleans/Niagara
BOCES

oLockport Main
Street Inc.

oBank of America

oFirst Niagara
Bank

oWellness
Connection Center

For more information on the
Coalition and CCCS – or to get involved – contact Noelle Carter at 716-771-3255 or [emailprotected].