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Thursday June 20th 2024

‘Financial Help’ Archives

What does it mean to be a socially responsible bank?

What does it mean to be a socially responsible bank?

By AMANDA THEISEN, Sunrise Banks This content is sponsored by Sunrise Banks as part of a new Engagement Partnership with Alley Communications. Think about the relationship you have with your bank. What do you like about how they do business? How do they show up in your community? How are they helping your family members, friends or neighbors? Does your bank share your values or care about your goals?At Sunrise Banks, we think of ourselves as more than just a place to manage money. We strive to be a place where values and money meet. We want to be someplace where you can feel good about how your money is being put to work in your community. We strive to support those traditionally underserved or not served at all by traditional banks. Values-based bankingAt Sunrise Banks, our mission is to be a force for good through values-based banking. So, how do we do that?First, we focus on empowering financial wellness and inclusivity. This guides our teams in how they design our [...]

June is National Homeownership Month

By MARY ELLEN KALUZA Are you thinking about buying your first home? The first step in the process is learning what that process is. Homebuyer education has been around for some time but really came into focus after the housing bubble of 2003 - 2006 burst and we were plunged into the Great Recession in 2007. During the bubble, mortgage loans were handed out like candy with predatory loan terms. Borrowers did not understand the terms and the consequences of that lack of knowledge. Some 3.8 million homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure between 2007 and 2010. (Not all were first-time homebuyers, there was plenty of ill-advised refinancing of mortgages going on, as well.)First-time homebuyers are now strongly encouraged to take homebuyer education, required or not. (Most special loan programs or down payment assistance programs do require it.) I regularly hear from homebuyers how valuable the class is - they feel much more confident going forward on the homeownership path.And that [...]

Prepare + Prosper Offers Free DIY Tax Prep Service

What is DIY Tax Prep? Do-it-yourself tax prep can be a great option for people who are comfortable working with a step-by-step online program. This year, the service is available to folks with an income of $73,000 or less. How does it work? P+P will provide access to: Free web-based tax filing software so you can prepare and electronically file your federal and state income taxes, as well as the Minnesota renter or property tax refund.A DIY Tax Prep Guide to help you navigate tax situations and the tax software.Live online training held weekly by P+P tax-certified volunteers to support people with getting started on their returns and get answers to tax questions.Additional tax prep support is available via phone and email with a P+P tax-certified volunteer to help you successfully file. Learn more! https://prepareandprosper.org/do-it-yourself-tax-prep/Email: DIYtaxes@prepareandprosper.org or leave a voicemail at 651-262-2181. Prepare + Prosper offers free tax prep [...]

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