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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Tax Preparation Hours at the United Way of Porter County

unitedway portercountyAppointments for free federal and state tax preparation at the United Way of Porter County (UWPC) are being accepted starting Tuesday, January 19. Free tax preparation is limited to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $54,000 or less with certain other limitation based on the training scope of the volunteer preparers.

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Hartman Global IP Has the Knowledge and Expertise When it Comes to Patents


For inventors who have the "next big thing" waiting to set the world on fire, the legal experts at Hartman Global IP are ready to help take your invention from idea to reality, while helping along the way with each step and process.

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Hartman Global IP Provides Support and Expertise to Businesses and Individuals


When it comes to new ideas and new designs, having legal control and legal knowledge of your creations is of paramount importance to both businesses and individual creators.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on "Super Saturdays"

Volunteer_Income_Tax_AssistanceEach year the Northwest Indiana A$$et Building Campaign (ABC) hosts free income tax preparation sites throughout Lake, Porter, and Starke Counties.

These Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites complete over 1,300 taxes and return approximately $1.2 million back into the communities served; money often used to purchase necessities and stimulate the local economy.

'Super Saturdays' hosted in East Chicago and at NWICA (Crown Point) but sites throughout NWI by appointment. http://www.nwi-ca.com/families/2015%20Tax%20Season%20Site%20Information%20Flyer%20(2).pdf

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Local Attorney to Give Free Lunch & Learn Seminar on Elder Law

fillerAvalon Springs Health Campus in Valparaiso, IN would like to welcome Valparaiso and surrounding community seniors to attend a presentation on how to fund senior living presented by certified elder law attorney, Connie L. Bauswell during the Wednesday, November 5 Senior Executive Club from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The program will be accompanied with a gourmet complimentary lunch for seniors prepared by Chef Jennifer Ruzbasan, who was voted " Best of Show" at the Porter County Taste of Care 2014.

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Steps to Completing Your Last Will and Testament

probate1. Destroy All Copies of Old Wills. If you have previously executed a Will, physically destroy it. Even though our Wills technically “revoke” all of your prior wills, you should not rely on this language to revoke them.

2. Enter Your Information and Delete Blank Lines. Enter your information and bequests into the form where you see blank lines. Delete the remainder of the blanks after you have input your information. (Your Will should not resemble a form when you’re done.)

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IU Northwest School of Business Offers Free Tax Preparation Families Making Under $50K Annually are Eligible for Service

rot1Beginning Friday, Feb. 7 and continuing on most Friday evenings through April, Northwest Indiana families with less than $50,000 in annual income may take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics. This service provides free electronic tax filing of federal and state returns for local families.

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Organizing Paperwork Makes Tax Time Easier

save-on-taxesRather than waiting until a few days (or the day!) before the tax-filing deadline, start organizing your paperwork now. After all, the earlier you file, the earlier you’ll get your refund — if you’re entitled to one. And if you end up owing the IRS money, at least you can file on time and avoid paying late filing penalties.

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2013 Year-End Tax Planning Basics

financial-planningYou don’t want to pay any more in tax than you have to. That means taking advantage of every strategy, deduction, and credit that you’re entitled to. However, the window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31, so it’s important to evaluate your tax situation now, while there’s still time to affect your bottom line for the 2013 tax year.

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Portage Chamber Rise & Shine Free Public Seminar - Wills & Trusts

Scott-McClureThe Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce will host a one-hour seminar free to the public concerning myths and facts about wills & trusts on December 4 at 8 am at the Portage 16 IMAX conference room.

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Valparaiso University Law Clinic Accepting New Cases

Valparaiso-University-NightThe Law Clinic at Valparaiso University Law School, which provides free legal representation to individuals with limited income, is now accepting new cases.

The Law Clinic represents low-income residents of the region in matters such as debt collection defense, consumer issues, landlord/tenant disputes, guardianships, adoptions and tax concerns involving the Internal Revenue Service. Clients must meet income eligibility guidelines.

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