Here is a great compilation from the nonprofit, Schoolhouse Supplies, of organizations in the Portland area that are giving school supplies to children who need them.
Many Oregonians are not getting their share of one of the largest income tax refunds available to working people. In fact, Oregon is dead last among the 50 states in the percentage of eligible families who actually receive EITC refunds. What does that mean in real life? Fewer than 1 in 4 families get money they should. And according to the IRS, qualifying grandparents are even more likely to miss out.
In a nutshell: if you have a social security number, if you worked last year and earned less than $40,000, and if a child younger than 19 has lived in your home for at least six months, you qualify! (As long as no one else is claiming the same child.) Of course, special rules and restrictions may apply.
The average refund is more than $3,000.
We will help walk you through the process of finding out if you qualify–and where to find free tax help. For details click over to our Money Help page. Don’t miss out!
If you are a grandparent, or other relative, age 55 or over, parenting a grandchild 18 or younger, you may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for school clothes and more. See if you qualify.