#ASW17 Savings Focus: Saving at Tax Time

Tax season is upon us and while we often dread the paper pushing and number crunching, let’s not forget the excitement that comes with getting back some of your own hard-earned money in the form of a tax refund.

 Saving a portion of your tax refund can be a big step toward meeting your savings goals. This tax season, get ahead of your financial goals by splitting a portion your tax refund into savings, and reward yourself with SaveYourRefund by entering to win one of 101 prizes. Making smart financial decisions isn’t always easy, but splitting your refund couldn’t be simpler. Get ahead of your financial goals in 2017 by saving your tax refund.

Need tax assistance? Take advantage of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA programs offer free tax help to those who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speakers.

 

Participant Spotlight

  • Credit.org, a proud partner of the America Saves initiative and sponsor of Inland Empire Saves, is spreading the good word about America Saves Week and Military Saves Week this year, offering savers opportunities to engage all week long.
  • As part of Military Saves Week 2017, Air Force Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) and Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) are spreading the savings message, and urging the community to participate in Military Saves Week and take the Military Saves Pledge. Air Force FCU is actively participating in #ASW17 and #MSW2017 social media engagement throughout the week. In particular, they orchestrated a special #MilitarySaves focused chat with Experian to discuss saving tips for military families

Organizations like yours are sharing their activities and results with America Saves throughout the week. Find out more on what others have done for America Saves Week at http://americasavesweek.org/what-others-have-done.

 

Thursday's Events and Activities

Tweet Chats

#529QandA and #ASW17 with the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN)
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @College_Savings with expert Treasurer Young Boozer, CSPN Chair

#WBchat with Wise Bread
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @Wisebread with sponsored guest @AmericaSaves

#RTMChat with Run the Money
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: @RunTheMoney

  • The topic will be “7 FAQ on Saving Money.”
  • Run The Money blogger David Domzalski will discuss the Top 7 frequently asked questions about saving money.  David will also take any questions savers may have and address budgeting, getting out of debt, and starting an emergency fund.
  • Click here for more information.

Digital Events

Washington Post's Color of Money Live
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm Eastern
Hosted by: Michelle Singletary

Joining Ms. Singletary will be Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel for Prudential Financial. Fishbein will be answering your retirement questions and talking about America Saves Week (Feb. 27 to March 4).

Webinars

Saving at Tax Time on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern 
Saving a portion of your tax refund can be a big step toward meeting your savings goals. This tax season, get ahead of your financial goals by splitting a portion your tax refund into savings, and reward yourself with SaveYourRefund by entering to win one of 101 prizes.

Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm Pacific 
Learn what to do to protect yourself from identity thieves, and what steps to take to restore your good standing if you are a victim of identity theft.

Ahorre Para Alcanzar sus Metas on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern 
Si está tratando de ahorrar dinero para comprar una casa o carro, ahorrar para jubilarse o preparase para el futuro; este curso es para usted. Le daremos recursos para seguir sus gastos, y empezar o aumentar sus ahorros. .

Contests and Facebook Events

Visit the Participate in America Saves Week page for the on-going contests and Facebook events available to savers across the country.

 

Click here for the full list of events and activities available today and throughout the Week.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | January 16, 2017

    A new tax law will delay refunds that claim the EITC or ACTC until Feb. 15: http://bit.ly/2hTPLyb v/ @AmericaSaves

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