Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Preparing and Filing Your Tax Return Online Can Be Free for those with income of $62,000 or less

Lakes and Prairies is  proud to partner and promote the My Free Taxes. com website and online, free tax filing service.

Some people are best helped during the tax season by going to a free VITA or TCE tax site.  Others feel quite comfortable using a computer and filing their taxes on their own.  With some services, offers of free tax preparation mean only free for the federal return with fees charged for filing state returns.  But, my free includes the filing of up to three state tax returns at no cost.

If you are not sure whether you want to file electronically on your own or whether you might rather attend a free tax preparation location near where you live; you can visit this website and when you enter your zip code it will also tell you what locations for free tax preparation are within 5, 10, 25 or more miles from your location.

Our thanks to the Partner organization and sponsors across the country for adding this valuable service to our existing VITA and TCE free tax preparation assistance services.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Walk-in Tax Site Preparation in Moorhead

The Lakes & Prairies Tax Site is now open for walk-in appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 7:00 pm in our Moorhead offices.  We are located in the Clay County Family Service Center at 715 11th Street North, in Moorhead.  Services will also be available on Wednesday evening in February (same times and location) due to higher demand for assistance during the first full month of the tax season.

Those using this service are encouraged to visit our website and particularly to note the I.D. requirements -- including social security cards for all children and adults listed on the tax return.  Also, the website provides a "What-To-Bring" list and other valuable information.

The website also provides information on our other Tax Site locations in Hawley, Barnesville and Breckenridge.  These locations require an appointment and may be on different dates and different times.

As we enter this tax season, we are most grateful for the contribution of time and talent by local volunteers and staff who go the extra mile to make sure that Minnesotans get the help they need to get the tax credits and deductions they deserve!

Service made available through a grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the generous funding support Bank of the West and  West Central  Initiative


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Free Tax Site Assistance begins

The end of January and early February once again signal the opening of Lakes & Prairies free tax site assistance services for MN residents.  Only walk-in services will be available at the Moorhead location.

Tax preparation services in Breckenridge, Barnesville and Hawley locations will be available by appointment

For details of times, locations, what to bring, and other valuable information you can link here.

Eligibility for services include:  (1) Must be a MN resident; (2) An income of $30,000 or less for individuals and $50,00 or less for families; and, not operate a small business or work as an independent contractor.

Service made available through a grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the generous funding support Bank of the West and  West Central  Initiative

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Closed for Annual All Staff Training

Lakes & Prairies Community Action will be closed all day on Friday, October 30th for our Annual Fall All Staff Training.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Community Action Promotions

Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership's Family and Community Services Division congratulates (from left to right) Emma Schmit, Robin Christianson, and Becki Johnson on their promotions to new positions! Becki has accepted the position of Family and Community Services Director, Emma has accepted the position of Housing Programs Coordinator, and Robin has accepted the position of Special Projects Coordinator. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.  Congratulations on your new positions!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Energy Assistance Program

West Central Minnesota Communities Action Energy Assistance is open in the Family Service Center in Moorhead Regular weekday office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Home Repair Mission Workcamp

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

More than 350 Work Camp youth, adult leaders, mission workcamp staff and local volunteers are busy this week repairing homes throughout Clay County, MN.  Youth arrived on Sunday, July 14 and will be leaving on Saturday, July 20th. 

Home Repair

Campers heading out in the morning from
Hawley High School to their
work camp site.

Work camp youth are guided by local
volunteer mentors.