Talk of the Town - Lori Scott Talks about VITA Volunteers

Wed, Oct 18th, 2017

Tax season is right around the corner, and Center For Siouxland is asking for your help to help prepare taxes for those who need assistance.  Each tax season, Center For Siouxland provides free preparation for low to moderate income households in the community.  The preparation is done by volunteers who will be trained to become IRS certified.  Center For Siouxland is looking for people to volunteer throughout the tax season as tax preparers, greeters or schedulers.  Center For Siouxland plans to start training in December at their office building, located at 715 Douglas Street in Sioux City.

For more information, please visit: centerforsiouxland.org, call: (712) 252-1861, or email Lori at: lori.scott@centerforsiouxland.orgClick here to watch the Talk of the Town Video.

Money Monday - Countdown to Tax Time

Mon, Oct 16th, 2017

Money Monday - Tax time might seem far away, but it will be right around the corner before you know it. There are only 101 days until the January 26, 2018 date the IRS E-file is to go live, allowing submission of electronic tax returns for the vast majority of tax filers. Paper tax returns will begin processing from this date as well. There are 182 days until the tax deadline on April 17th.

There are lots of options for how you can handle your taxes.  You can hire an accountant.  You can do it yourself with some of the nifty software available out there.  You can pay a trained tax preparer to help you.  If you qualify you can make an appointment for FREE tax assistance with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Better yet, become a VITA volunteer and learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in your community at the same time.  How can you make a difference?  Simple, by volunteering you will receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns.  In the process you will learn how to prepare your own taxes.  As a volunteer, you will join the thousands of others who each year prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

How does the VITA program work? As a committed tax volunteer you’ll receive training and then begin volunteering at a VITA site in your community. Training is offered both online and in the classroom. Tax sites are generally open nights and weekends and the hours are flexible.  For more information about volunteering for the VITA program contact Lori Scott at Center For Siouxland.  Her phone number is 712-252-1861 ext. 29 and her e-mail is lori.scott@centerforsiouxland.orgDon’t forget to like us on Facebook to see more news about our VITA program.

One tax time tip, however you decide to get your taxes prepared, when your refund arrives, treat it like normal income. You didn’t just win the lottery; this is money you earned, and you’re getting it now because you overpaid your taxes. So instead of splurging on an unplanned vacation or luxury purchase, use this money to pay down debt and get caught up on your regular bills.

If you need help with a budget that will let you plan your spending and maximize your tax refund, talk to one of Center For Siouxland’s certified credit counselors for free. We’ll offer expert advice and help you prepare a realistic budget you can live with.  Call the Center For Siouxland Consumer Credit office at 712-252-1861 ext. 47, Hilda will help you with the information or appointment you need!  

 

CENTER FOR SIOUXLAND WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED, SUPPORTED OR SPONSORED OUR FUNDRAISER!

Sat, Oct 14th, 2017

On Friday night, Center For Siouxland’s Homeless to Home Sweet Home Spread the Magic Fundraiser was held at Country Celebrations. Thanks to the generosity of so many we had a very successful event!  Follow us on Facebook to see more posts and pictures about our event in the coming days.

Thank You to the Generous Sponsors of our Homeless to Home Sweet Home Spread the Magic Fundraiser!

Sat, Oct 14th, 2017

Center For Siouxland would like to thank the generous sponsors of our Homeless to Home Sweet Home Spread the Magic Fundraiser!
Have you purchased your tickets to Center For Siouxland's fundraiser? The event takes place Friday, October 13th at Country Celebrations, 5606 Hamilton Blvd in Sioux City, Iowa. Tickets are $50 or a Table of 8 for $360, they can be purchased by calling 712-252-1861 or stopping by our office at 715 Douglas Street, Sioux City, Iowa.
If you’re looking for a fun-filled evening while also providing support to a local non-profit agency, our event is what you’re looking for. Amazing Arthur Fratelli will bring his first-class show that will excite and amaze the audience. There will be a Social Hour, Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres, Silent Auction, Mystery Wine, Oh, Snap Photo Booth and Emcee, Bruce Miller!

Homeless to Home Sweet Home Spread the Magic Fundraiser

Fri, Oct 13th, 2017

“Homeless to Home Sweet Home Spread the Magic Fundraiser” is Center For Siouxland’s signature event featuring a Magic Show with Amazing Arthur Fratelli, a Social Hour, Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres, Silent Auction, Mystery Wine, Oh, Snap! Photo Booth and Emcee, Bruce Miller!  Please join us on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Country Celebrations for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening. Tickets are available for $50 or 8 for $360 by calling our office at 712-252-1861 or stopping by at 715 Douglas Street, Sioux City, Iowa.

This spectacular event will raise funds for our various programs and services, and will help us achieve our mission of helping people, empowering lives, and building futures.All money raised by this event will provide continued funding for Center For Siouxland's Programs including: Bridges West Transitional Housing for homeless families and individuals, Consumer Credit Counseling, HUD-certified Comprehensive Housing Counseling, a Representative Payee Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and prescription medication assistance. 

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