ACCION USA to Offer Free Tax Preparation and Access to Financial Products to Qualified Residents and Small Business Owners in Miami

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ACCION USA and the Miami-Dade County’s Prosperity Campaign join forces to offer free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income residents and small business owners.

We estimate that over 300 residents and small business owners will receive this important service through our office during this year’s tax season.

To help Miami-area residents and entrepreneurs make the most of their tax return during the prolonged recession, ACCION USA, a leader in U.S. small business loans and financial education, is offering free tax preparation services today through April 15, 2010.

Tax preparation experts, who normally charge more than $300 for their services, will be available for free one-on-one consultations, helping filers to maximize tax credits and deductions. ACCION USA is proud to offer this free tax preparation service to qualified small business owners as well.

William Mateo, Florida program director for ACCION USA, understands that this is a much-needed service in the Miami communities that ACCION USA serves. “Without proper tax preparation knowledge, filers often miss important deductions or credits, such as the Earned Income Tax credit, that can save thousands of dollars,” says Mr. Mateo. “We estimate that over 300 residents and small business owners will receive this important service through our office during this year’s tax season.”

Offered through Miami-Dade County’s Prosperity Campaign, the service will be available to households with annual incomes of $42,000 or less and to small business owners who are sole proprietors without employees, foreign income, or depreciation expenses.

While visiting the ACCION USA office for tax preparation, filers will also have the opportunity to learn about ACCION USA’s financial products including small business loans, credit development loans and a new secured credit card product. An ACCION USA staff person will also be available for individual financial coaching sessions and to help determine if any of these products are right for them.

WHEN: Appointments are available on a walk-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m. and by appointment only on Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m., today through April 15, 2010.

WHERE: ACCION USA, 111 SW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33130

To schedule your free tax preparation appointment, please call ACCION USA at (305) 548-3360. Participants are encouraged to bring information regarding 2009 expenses and income, including W2 forms, in an organized format.

About ACCION USA
ACCION USA is a leading U.S. microfinance organization that provides access to capital and financial education to low- and moderate-income individuals, primarily minorities and women. A pioneer and recognized leader in U.S. microfinance, ACCION USA empowers individuals to create sustainable businesses, increase family incomes, and contribute to the economic development of cities across the U.S. Since inception in 1991, ACCION USA has provided over $119 million in small business loans ranging from $500 to $50,000, offered nationwide via the ACCION USA online lending platform. For more information about small business loans and financial products, visit accionusa.org.

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