GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. November 2020

NOVEMBER FINANCIAL CHECK-IN

This month will bring the start of the holiday season along with making decisions that impact next year. We wanted to share some important deadlines and resources that can help you with your planning around health insurance enrollment, holiday budgeting, and tax preparation.
Finance Friday
Continue to check out our Finance Friday posts on Instagram. We would appreciate if you would follow and share these posts with your friends and family.

We wanted to share the posts that we had over the last month around holiday planning with a budgeting tips and tools along with information about health insurance open enrollment and economic income payments.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Health insurance is not only important to your physical well-being but also to your financial well-being. It's that time of year to review health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Open enrollment starts November 1 and run throughs December 15. You can receive FREE help by clicking here.

You can download the WHI Marketplace flyer in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Click here for proactive steps you can take to financially empower yourself and improve your financial health.
Holiday Planning

With Canada celebrating Thanksgiving in October, it got us thinking about the upcoming holiday season. We are just a few weeks from Thanksgiving and 8 weeks from Christmas, so we wanted to share some tips to help you create your holiday financial plans. Click here to learn holiday budgeting tips.
Budget Calculator

Having a plan for the month and checking on your progress will help you reach your goals. One of the best tools to do that is a budget. We are sharing a budget calculator that can help you create your plan to help you reach the goals you are setting for yourself. You can learn more by clicking here.
Banzai

We've partnered with CP Federal Credit Union to share Banzai, an online interactive and self-guided financial education platform. With personalized coaching tools, specialized calculators, and learning modules that cover a variety of topics, Banzai allows you to take your financial future into your own hands. You can check out Banzai here.
FINANCIAL NAVIGATION
Financial Navigation

Did you have a job change?
Did you take a pay reduction?
Did something shift in your finances recently?
Do you need help navigating or unsure what programs you may qualify for?

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County, has launched a Financial Navigator program to help residents manage the financial impact of COVID-19.

Call United Way for a free, 30-minute call with one of our Financial Navigators and get your questions answered and help with navigating the numerous resources available during this time.


Click HERE to complete our interest form or call 734-677-7202 to talk to a Financial Navigator.
VITA
Tax Season is Coming!

Despite the pandemic starting in the middle of the previous tax season, our VITA program still managed to file 1,064 free tax returns bringing back $1.75 million in tax credits to our community. The pandemic didn’t stop us then and it will not stop us now!

We will provide the same quality service virtually along with on-site support for those who have limited access to technology. Appointments for the upcoming tax season open January 2021.

Sign up here to be notified when appointments open. In the meantime, our VITA team is eager to assist with tax-related questions.

Contact the VITA team through our online form or call 734-677-7235
Economic Impact Payment

The IRS has set important dates around the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) for those individuals that normally don’t file a tax return.

You can check your eligibility using the Non-Filer Tool tool to see if you qualify for the $1,200. The IRS has set November 10 as a National EIP Registration Day and your last chance to apply is November 21, 2020.

You can speed up your payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will receive a check.

Beginning two weeks after registering, you can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment Tool.
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