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Need Help Getting Your 2013 Taxes Done? 

Volunteer Tax Aide counselors trained & certified by the IRS will provide
FREE one-on-one assistance helping older low to moderate income individuals complete their tax forms.  There is no age restriction.

Tax Prep Flyer – Where to get help with your 2013 Taxes
Want More Money in Your Pocket? – 2013 Tax Information

 Rent Smart Class

3rd Wednesday of each Month

9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

At Green County Human Services Auditorium, N3152 Hwy 81, Monroe

Must attend ENTIRE SESSION to receive your Certificate of Completion!

Free Pizza Lunch

Topics Covered 

1. How Much Will it Cost?
2. Money for Rent.
3. Making the Most of Your Credit Report.
4. Finding a Place to Live.
5. Checking Out the Rental Unit and the Landlord.
6. The Rental Application Process.
7. Understanding Rental Agreements.
8. Maintenance: Who is Responsible for What?
9. Home Maintenance: Keeping it Clean and Safe.
10. Communicating with Your Landlord and Neighbors.
11. Moving On: Notice, Security Deposits and Evictions.

Cutting Back and Keeping Up When Money is Tight

Whether it’s due to a drop in income, a big unexpected expense,  or the cost of everyday living overtaking your paycheck, there are steps you can take to get a handle on your finances – and your financial stress.  Read the entire UW-Extension publication or contact the Green County UW-Extension Family Living Educator at 608-328-9440 for more information.

Reverse Mortgages: Get the Facts Before Cashing in on Your Home’s Equity

Whether seeking money to finance a home improvement, pay off a current mortgage, supplement their retirement income, or pay for healthcare expenses, many older Americans are turning to “reverse” mortgages. They allow older homeowners to convert part of the equity in their homes into cash without having to sell their homes or take on additional monthly bills.

In a “regular” mortgage, you make monthly payments to the lender. But in a “reverse” mortgage, you receive money from the lender and generally don’t have to pay it back for as long as you live in your home. Instead, the loan must be repaid when you die, sell your home, or no longer live there as your principal residence. Reverse mortgages can help homeowners who are house-rich but cash-poor stay in their homes and still meet their financial obligations.

To qualify for most reverse mortgages, you must be at least 62 and live in your home. The proceeds of a reverse mortgage (without other features, like an annuity) are generally tax-free, and many reverse mortgages have no income restrictions. To find additional “facts for consumers” check out the website at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea13.shtm

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Financial Help for Everyone – Website of Myvesta, a non proit consumer education organization
  • InfoSource
  • Money in Marriage – Money in Marriage is a collection of interactive activities and resources for educational programs designed to increase communication and money management skills of engaged or recently married couples.
  • National Endowment for Financial EducationThe National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances.
  • Personal Financial Education – There’s A Lot To Learn About MoneyContains numerous educational resource links on a host of personal finance subjects.
  • Retirement Planning via the Web – This page lists some of the Web Sites that provide information about the amount of money you need to save for retirement.