February 2016

Have you wondered before what a certain tax credit is for? When filing taxes it is important to understand what credits you qualify for. We have a list of five common credits that you may see this year. You have until April 18th to file this year!

All the best,
Innovative Changes
Credit Tip of the Month
Credit cards can be scary, but they can also be a great tool to help build credit. Here is a tip for using credit cards responsibly: choose one household bill that is about the same amount every month, such as a cell phone bill. Set up your credit card to automatically pay that one bill, and then have your bank account automatically pay your credit card. That way you are using a small amount of credit every month and always paying it off, and there are no surprises! Then you can leave the card at home so you aren't tempted to use it for impulse purchases.
You could earn $130 for doing three short surveys
Innovative Changes and CASH Oregon are doing a Family Economic Opportunity Research project at tax time. We are enrolling 160 families in a research assignment on the role that the earned income tax credit has on our families' economic opportunities.  Each family will fill in three short surveys over the course of 90 days. You will be paid $40 for turning in survey #1, $40 for survey #2 and $50 for survey #3. The surveys and all related communications will be done in English and Spanish.

To qualify for the research project you need to qualify for and file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. 
We only have 160 researcher slots and we envision the slots will fill up fast. Please contact us if you have any questions, (503) 249 5205 x1400 or aliciahinojosa@innovativechanges.org

Get Your Taxes Done!
CASH Oregon Tax sites open January 26th.

The Lloyd Center tax site located in room 2027 will be open Saturday through Wednesday 9AM-4PM, Thursday 1PM-8PM, Friday CLOSED. Our last day will be Monday April 18th. We will be closed Easter  Sunday March 27.

Urban League Career Connection Fair

On Tuesday, April 5th from 10am-3pm, The Urban League of Portland will be hosting a career connections fair at the DoubleTree Hotel by Lloyd Center. 

Tax Credits You May See This Year
By Rosalia Harte
Tax season is well underway. Taxes can be confusing but rushing to hire a tax professional to prepare your taxes will come at a price. If you plan to file your taxes yourself, then educating yourself on the process is important.  Before the April 18th deadline for 2015 tax year, we wanted to share with you some of the most common tax credits for tax filers in Oregon. 

 Upcoming Workshops & Orientationscb
The next Financial Household Resiliency workshops will be:
- Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm  

February 23rd: Building, Repairing and Protecting Credit
March 8th: Making Ends Meet
March 15th: Budgeting and Savings
March 22nd: Hands on Banking
March 29th: Building, Repairing and Protecting Credit. 

This workshop series will be held at our office in 2027 Lloyd Center Mall.
You can register for the classes 
Our next Credit Builder Orientations will be:

Friday, February 26th, 1-2 pm
Tuesday, March 1st, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday, March 11th, 1-2 pm
EN ESPAŅOL, martes, 15 de marzo, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30-6:30 pm

All take place at our office, 2027 Lloyd Center.
Register here.
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