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Ohio CASH Coalition - July 1, 2012

June 2012 Ohio CASH Newsletter

August – Ohio CASH 3rd quarter meeting
The 3rd quarter Ohio CASH meeting will be held at 10 am on August 16, 2012. The meeting will include a policy update, a presentation on asset limits for public benefits, and an update on the progress of the Financial Stability Toolkit.

This meeting will be held by webinar.  Register here: http://tinyurl.com/cecostn

August – One-day tax summit
Save the date, August 22, 2012, for the “Free Tax Preparation Summit: Moving the Field Forward.” The event, to be held in Central Ohio, will be an opportunity for free tax preparation program leaders to network, share best practices and learn about advances in the field. Make plans to participate in this important event, and stay tuned for more details.

June – Webinar on consumer credit
The Center for Financial Services Innovation will offer a webinar entitled “Building Consumer Credit: A Winning Strategy for Financial Institutions and Consumers,” on Thursday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. CST. The webinar will focus on what banks and credit unions can and should be doing to support consumer credit building. Few large-scale consumer credit building solutions exist today, and banks and credit unions have a critical role to play in bringing to scale the innovative solutions that do exist but are not yet widely available to consumers. In the webinar, speakers will suggest a number of short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives that banks and credit unions can undertake to help build the credit profiles of low- and moderate-income consumers. Register here: http://tinyurl.com/7nkduc5

FAFSA research project: Tax season 2013
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the Internal Revenue Service, Commerce Clearinghouse, and an academic research team of the National Community Tax Coalition is pleased to announce the request for proposals for the FAFSA Research Project for the 2013 tax season. The project seeks to integrate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) into TaxWise Online. Applicants should have an understanding of or experience addressing the challenges faced by low- and moderate-income, college-bound students.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a first deadline of July 13. If spots are still open, applications will be accepted until August 3 or until all of the spots have been filled. To learn more about the opportunity and how to apply click here: http://tinyurl.com/6n7e3pw

Consumer protection alert
The Ohio Department of Commerce has released an alert about a company charging membership fees to find unclaimed funds. The department’s Division of Unclaimed Funds provides this service at no cost.  The division has an online database and provides help to those without Internet access.  Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/d8jnqwl .

VITA funding update
Read the National Community Tax Coalition’s blog WorkForward for an update on the status of federal VITA funding here: http://tinyurl.com/7r2ob6y 

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