Howard County Library System
2014 Money Matters Fair

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Kick off Financial Education month with activities for children and teens, seminars, exhibitors, free credit reports, free introductory financial planning sessions, and free tax preparation by VITA*.

Are you a Scout looking for activities to help earn your financial badges?
  • Girl Scouts: Work on activities for Money Counts (Daisies), Money Manager (Brownies), Business Owner (Juniors), Budgeting (Cadette), Buying Power (Senior), and Good Credit (Ambassadors) badges.
  • Boy Scouts: Work on requirements for your Coin Collecting merit badge.

Complete a scavenger hunt for the chance to win an iPad! Food available for purchase from local food trucks.

  • 10:15 am -- Coin Collecting
  • 11 am -- How to Guard Against Telemarketing, Mail, and Internet Scams with Lila Boor, Investigator with the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs
  • 12:15 pm -- Making American History (U.S. Mint video)
  • 12:35 pm -- Coin Collecting

Date:  Saturday, April 5; 10 am - 1 pm
Place: East Columbia Branch
Visit with representatives from:
  • APL Federal Credit Union
  • Association of African American Financial Advisors
  • Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council
  • BB&T Bank
  • BGE
  • College Savings Plans of Maryland
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Maryland and Delaware
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • FDIC/Federal Reserve Bank
  • Financial Planning Association of Maryland
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • greeNEWit
  • Howard Community College Financial Aid Services/Admissions/Advising
  • Howard Community College Kids on Campus: Financial Planning Program
  • Howard Community College Business and Computer Systems
  • Howard County Housing
  • Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Howard County Public School System - Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
  • M&T Bank
  • MakingChange
  • Maryland CASH
  • Maryland Insurance Administration
  • Maryland Office of the Comptroller
  • PNC Bank
  • Susquehanna Bank

Financial Planning Clinic
Meet with a financial planning counselor and receive a FREE financial planning consultation on site.  Appointments will be accepted on a walk-in basis on the day of the event if you are interested in receiving a FREE 30 minute planning consultation at the event.

FREE Tax Preparation

*The IRS offers Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) for 2013 tax filing for people with incomes under $58,000. FSA offers step-by-step interview questions in the tax software to make it easy for people to prepare and file an accurate return on their own. If needed, IRS-certified volunteers will be available to answer questions for FSA. Please bring the following items for your tax return:
  • Proof of identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
  • Tuition Payment Statement issued by a college (Form 1098-T)
  • Know if you are claimed as a dependent on your parent's tax return.

Sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library.
Presented in partnership with Association of Community Services; Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council; Girl Scouts of Central Maryland; Howard Community College; Howard County Department of Citizen Services; Howard County Public School System; MakingChange: Financial Wellness Programs.

Full Schedule of Financial Events

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Throughout the year online resources are available on the Financial Education page.