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Scholarships Available for H&R Block Income Tax Course

H&R BlockFull scholarships are available to military spouses for the H&R Block Income Tax Course at no charge. Learn how to prepare taxes now. Upon successful completion of the course, you could potentially become a tax professional and earn extra income.

Flexible course times and convenient locations fit your schedule. Bilingual courses are available.

Contact Debra Jefferson, Employment Readiness Program, Army Community Service at 256-876-5397 or email her at debra.d.jefferson.civ@mail.mil. Information is also available at ACS, Bldg 3443, Aerobee Road, Redstone Arsenal Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Enroll now by calling 800-472-5625 or visit their website at www.hrblock.com/class . Use the coupon code 94B25D when you enroll online or by telephone.

Classes available in Huntsville, Decatur, and Cullman starting in August. For more information, the local H&R Block office is at 4710 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816 or call 800-472-5625.

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Military Night: Rocket City United

Rocket City UnitedRocket City United, a local soccer team, is hosting a Military Night on June 7. Attendees with a military I.D. will receive 4 free tickets and the 1st 500 fans to arrive will get complimentary bumper stickers. Plus, Rocket City United will be donating a portion of proceeds to Still Serving Veterans. The team will be playing against Chattanooga FC at John Hunt Park – kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.

Rocket City United is the top Alabama soccer team playing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) at John Hunt Park (Field #2). Rocket City United (RCU) was incorporated in 2007 and began playing in 2008 in the NPSL. Playing in the South Region, RCU competes in the Southeast Conference against teams from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Conyers (GA), Knoxville, Nashville, New Orleans, and Pensacola.

The National Premier Soccer League operates in the 4th Division of the United States Soccer pyramid. The NPSL is the fastest growing national soccer league in the United States, operating in over 80+ markets across the USA, from Maine to Washington state.

For more information about the team and to find other games, visit their website: rocketcityunited.com

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Mazda Military Appreciation-Free Race Admission/Hospitality

Mazdas53NoBackgroundLR.jpgIn honor of National Military Appreciation Month (May), Freedom Autosport has teamed up with Mazda and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to provide FREE general admission to all active military in uniform and veterans with military ID who attend the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda on Saturday May 3. The day will include opportunities for VIP hot laps, autograph sessions, tech talks, driver meet and greets, and garage tours, and feature a special Military Hospitality Area sponsored by Freedom Autosport and MAZDA Motorsports.

Free lunch will be provided for active military, veterans and families.

Freedom Autosport will also be providing free t-shirts to military families while supplies last

The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest yet the popularity of the races and the financial impact on the community had impressed the military authorities at Fort Ord and they wanted to pick up where Pebble Beach left off. In 1957 the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a group of local businessmen dedicated to keeping sports car racing alive on the Monterey Peninsula, began negotiations with the Army to build a race track on Fort Ord property. Major General W.M. Breckenridge cut the ribbon at the new facility for its first race November 9, 1957.

In addition, there is a 30% military discount on tickets for Friday and Sunday . Please contact the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office in advance at 800-327-7322 to receive the military discount.  Click HERE for more information about the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda, May 2-4.

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Resource Spotlight: Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Taxes

Tax season is here! We are all aware of how complicated filing your taxes can be and to ensure you get back everything you deserve, having a little help doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately, many places require a fee for their service – but there is free help out there. Below are a few organizations that will help you file your taxes at no charge.

First off, here is a list of some items you will need to bring (some requirements may vary):

  • Proof of identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.

If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Below are the different programs and organizations that you may be able to take advantage of:

Find a VITA Site Near YouVITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – Help for Low Income Individuals/Families
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. You may find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887.

TCE (Tax Counseling For The Elderly)
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Find a TCE or AARP Tax-Aide Site Near You
A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program. To locate the nearest TCE site or AARP Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.

Self-Help Tax Preparation – For Simple Returns or Those No Computer Access
In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, the IRS is offering a self-assistance service at many VITA and TCE locations. If individuals have a simple tax return and need a little help or do not have access to a computer, they can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites and an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.

Local Tax Support for Low Income Families

UAHuntsville, along with United Way of Madison County, will be offering free tax preparation and fast electronic filing for households earning less than $52,000 per year with one or more children or $20,000 per year without children. The free tax preparations begin mid-January. For appointments call: 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-99-829-25).

There will be two locations: Optimist Recreation Center (703 Oakwood Ave, Hsv, AL 35811) and United Way of Madison County (701 Andrew Jackson Way, Hsv, AL 35801)

Local Tax Support for Military Families

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate offers free tax assistance and electronic filing for state and federal taxes to Military Family Members.

You can call 256-840-1040 to make a reservation or ask a tax question.

FREE Tax Services for Low Income Households

UAHuntsville, along with United Way of Madison County, will be offering free tax preparation and fast electronic filing for households earning less than $52,000 per year with one or more children or $20,000 per year without children.

The free tax preparations begin mid-January. For appointments call: 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-99-829-25).

There will be two locations: Optimist Recreation Center (703 Oakwood Ave, Hsv, AL 35811) and United Way of Madison County (701 Andrew Jackson Way, Hsv, AL 35801)

FREE Military Child Education Coalition Training Opportunity in Huntsville

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is pleased to announce that another no-cost training opportunity has been planned in Alabama; at Supporting Military Children through School Transitions – Social-Emotional institute in Huntsville, AL on 21-22 January 2014.

The Supporting Military Children through School Transitions – Social-Emotional, previously known as Transition Counselor Institute – Phase Two, is an interactive professional development institute focusing on the social and emotional implications as they relate to the transitioning student.  Deployment and separation, building confidence and resiliency, and supporting children through trauma and loss are some of the modules addressed in this institute.

This training is open to area public, private, parochial, and home school and Department of Defense counselors and other educators, installation and community leaders, transition specialists, and military parents, as well as other caring adults interested in learning more about and improving the education of military-connected children.

MCEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.  We also perform research, develop resources, conduct professional institutes and conferences, and develop and publish resources for all constituencies.

The training will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Huntsville South, 301 Boulevard South, Huntsville, AL 35802.

The ‘Save the Date’ flyer can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here and the event is open for registration on MCEC’s website (www.MilitaryChild.org/training).

MCEC is accredited by multiple organizations including, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, the National Board of Certified Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners.  Participants may apply for Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon completion of the training.

Veterans Day Freebies & Discounts – The Ultimate List

With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted everyone to know about the great discounts and freebies available in your community. We have compiled a list of restaurants, parks, retailers, and more that will be offering Veterans, Service Members, and their families freebies and deals on services and goods.

Remember: Always check with the establishment in your area, not all locations on these lists are participating. You will also want to ensure you have proof of your service (Military ID, Drivers Licence with Veterans Designation, DD214, a photo ID in uniform, wearing your uniform, or some other proof of service). Finally, always ask your server/cashier/attendant for the discount, don’t assume they know about the discount or freebie… plus, you know what they say about assuming… 😉

We have compiled the lists according to type of establishment. Click on the link and you will be able to view the PDF in your browser then opt to print or save the list by clicking the appropriate icon on the bottom right. Have fun, enjoy, and thank you for your service!

2013 Veterans Day Freebies & Discounts – Food

Follow the link above to see the list of restaurants, bars, and grills that are offering Veterans Days freebies & discounts.

2013 Veterans Day Freebies & Discounts – Retailers

Click the link above to find out which of your favorite clothing stores are participating in Veterans Day by thanking our Nation’s Heroes with great discounts and free stuff!

2013 Veterans Day Freebies & Discounts – Parks & Museums

The link above will show you what events, parks, and museums are going to be offering discounts and free entry on Veterans Day.

That’s our list! Feel free to add any others you may know about. And remember, although they may not be on this list, a lot of establishments and companies offer discounts to Veterans, Service Members, and their families all year – be sure to ask!

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