The United Way of Central Arkansas has announced a new and free program during tax season that specifically benefits households that make under $54,000 yearly.

The organization is providing the Free Tax Preparation event on Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas.

First Security Bank’s Erin Simpson said in addition to the tax preparation, they will be providing other services that banks offer including credit counseling, open savings accounts on site and provide information for investment and savings opportunities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is help the low and moderate income families that are in the community,” she said.

Simpson said that includes helping the many "unbanked" and "underbanked" community members — possibly because they don’t trust banks, have enough for the account minimum, fees too high, lack of documentation — through providing awareness of the many programs that are out there that people can also take advantage of.

United Way Executive Director Maret Hicks said around nine percent of Arkansans do not have banking resources, which ultimately costs households around $1,200 yearly.

She said “basically, the will save” those groups that money while helping them understand that banking institutions aren’t scary places, but can actually be helpful resources.

Hicks said this year they’re starting out small but hope to grow in the future.

“We’re excited about it,” she said.

For those unable to make the event, United Way will also be taking returns after Super Saturday at the office, located at 1120 W. Oak St. in downtown Conway during tax season.

Simpson said those interested an drop the returns off and pick them up later.

Volunteers for the event, both certified and not, are needed and more information for that can be found at mail@uwcark.org or 501-327-5087.

For a list of what to bring and what United Way will prepare, visit www.uwcark.org/free-tax-prep.

The United Way of Central Arkansas has announced a new and free program during tax season that specifically benefits households that make under $54,000 yearly.
The organization is providing the Free Tax Preparation event on Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at the University of Central Arkansas.
First Security Bank’s Erin Simpson said in addition to the tax preparation, they will be providing other services that banks offer including credit counseling, open savings accounts on site and provide information for investment and savings opportunities as well.
“What we’re trying to do is help the low and moderate income families that are in the community,” she said.
Simpson said that includes helping the many unbanked and underbanked community members — possibly because they don’t trust banks, have enough for the account minimum, fees too high, lack of documentation — through providing awareness of the many programs that are out there that people can also take advantage of.
United Way Executive Director Maret Hicks said around nine percent of Arkansans do not have banking resources, which ultimately costs households around $1,200 yearly.
She said “basically, the will save” those groups that money while helping them understand that banking institutions aren’t scary places, but can actually be helpful resources.
Hicks said this year they’re starting out small but hope to grow in the future.
“We’re excited about it,” she said.
For those unable to make the event, United Way will also be taking returns after Super Saturday at the office, located at 1120 W. Oak St. in downtown Conway during tax season.
Simpson said those interested an drop the returns off and pick them up later.
Volunteers for the event, both certified and not, are needed and more information for that can be found at mail@uwcark.org or 501-327-5087.
For a list of what to bring and what United Way will prepare, visit www.uwcark.org/free-tax-prep.