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Purpose:

Increase awareness and utilization of the Earned Income Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit through outreach efforts

KC CASH is now Next Step KC!

Next Step KC is a collaboration of businesses, financial, religious, and educational institutions, government and nonprofit agencies, and community-minded individuals that helps deserving individuals throughout metropolitan Kansas City improve their financial self sufficiency. Next Step KC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency with three main program areas: financial awareness, creative credit services, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

Next Step Credit

Next Step Credit, formerly known as Fair Community Credit, serves as a guarantor that enables small-dollar lending through mainstream financial institutions. Next Step Credit serves our community by bringing together direct-service community partners with financial institutions to offer a fair credit option for qualified clients.

Next Step Financial Awareness

Our financial awareness program is the “Next Step” of Bank On Save Up KC (BOSU KC), a unique pairing of two national financial initiatives, Bank On and America Saves. BOSU KC partners with financial institutions to offer low cost/fee checking and savings accounts. Clients are offered email and text coaching opportunities to keep them on track with their savings and other financial goals. As its name suggests, Next Step Financial Awareness will offer financial education opportunities, and financial institutions and nonprofit agencies may post their own financial education offerings on the Next Step KC Internet calendar.

Next Step VITA

Formerly known as KC CASH, Next Step VITA helps taxpayers with incomes of up to $57,000 prepare their federal and state income tax returns for free through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Facilitated Self Assistance programs. Next Step VITA volunteers provides outreach on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax incentives available to low-to-moderate-income taxpayers and encourage the use of direct deposit to ensure that taxpayers receive their refunds quickly and safely.

Check out our new website: NextStepKC.org

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Still Need 2012 Tax Help?

Call United Way 2-1-1 (816-474-5112) for a referral to a Next Step VITA tax preparer.

Do it yourself: Want to prepare your federal and STATE returns for free? If your total income (including your spouse’s income, if applicable)  is less than $57,000, you qualify. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com/kc to get started!

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