Tax Preparation

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Helpful Links Online Free Tax Preparation – Do it Yourself Providing Tax Help @Source: Tax Preparation – MoneySmartKC]]>

Smart Spending / Savings Shortcuts

  • Understanding Where You Spend Your Money
  • Budget & Track Your Money
  • Helpful Links For Budgeting For Saving Money on Purchases For Buying and Saving To Videos On Budgeting & Saving @Source: Smart Spending / Savings Shortcuts – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Small Business / Entrepreneurship

    Kansas City Metro Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources – KCSourceLink (Information from the KC SourceLink site) Starting, running and growing a small business can be an overwhelming journey. Where can you find mentors or network with other business owners to make that journey a little easier? Thankfully, help is only a click or call away. Whether your business is in Kansas or Missouri, KCSourceLink is the first stop to get connected with a network of more than 240+ Resource Partners, all ready to help you start and grow your business.

    The 10 Training Modules

    The topics for the training modules provide a practical introduction to the everyday tasks of starting and managing a business. In addition to grounding participants in the basics, the curriculum serves as a foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance. Helpful Links Start a Small Business Find Small Business Funding National Resources Local Resources And More @Source: Small Business / Entrepreneurs – MoneySmartKC  ]]>

    Saving Help

    Get S.M.A.R.T. About Saving Goal Savings Calculators Understanding Compound Interest Saving for College National Resources Local Resources And More @Source: Saving – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Online/Mobile Finances

    Online Banking refers to banking services where depositors can manage their accounts over the Internet, rather than visiting a branch or using the telephone. Online banking typically utilizes a secure connection to banking information through a home computer or another device. Many financial institutions offer FREE online banking to their customers. Mobile Banking is a service provided by a financial institution that allows customers to conduct financial transactions with a mobile device such as a mobile phone or tablet through an app. It allows people to manage finances from anywhere, anytime. Mobile Banking benefits are similar to Online Banking. (Most financial institutions require mobile banking customers to have online banking services. Check with your financial institution for details). Helpful Links for Why bank online? Why use online bill pay? How to Ensure Safety When Managing Finances Online Personal Finance Apps @Source: Online/Mobile Finances – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Investing

    There are 2 primary rules of investing:

    1. The first rule is to only invest in things you understand.
    2. The second rule is to diversify your investments.  Diversification means that you’re not putting all your eggs in one basket.  Most investments have a risk of loss so it’s important that you don’t have all your money in one investment.
    Helpful Links For Understanding Investing For Finding Investment Experts For Financial Resources @Source: Investing – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Financial Services

    Finding a Financial Institution One of the best ways to find a financial institution is to look in the vicinity of your home or office for easy access or ask a friend for a recommendation. Other than that, there are online tools like Nerdwallet where you can search by zip code to choose a checking account, savings account or certificate of deposit (CD) rates. Always check the financial institution’s website for more up-to-date information. Many financial institutions can help you manage your money conveniently, while keeping your money safe. Financial institutions offer numerous low-cost financial products and services. Helpful Links to Explore Different Types of Financial Accounts Opening and Maintaining an Account Additional Services Available @Source: Financial Services – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Financial Protection

    Deter: Protect Yourself From ID Theft Detect: Identify Different Scams & Avoid Them Defend:  Take Action If Your ID is Stolen Helpful Links about Deter – Detect – Defend Identity Theft Protection Financial Protection Videos @Source: Financial Protection – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Financial Education

    economic mobility.  Financial education classes and events can be found on the Money Smart KC calendar.

    Financial Education Curricula and Tools

    When picking a curriculum to use, we suggest that you utilize resources that are from trusted sources and are consistently updated. Helpful Links to Financial Education Curricula Financial Education Activities & Games Talk To An Apprisen Financial Expert @Source: Financial Education – MoneySmartKC]]>

    Financial Coaching

    Find Financial Education Programs There are many organizations that provide financial education programs and services in Metropolitan Kansas City.

    • To view available classes and events, visit the Money Smart KC Calendar.
    • To find financial education tools to increase your financial knowledge, visit our Topics Page.
    • To learn more about factors that increase income and can help to better understand the difference between financial education, financial capability and economic mobility, check out our Economic Mobility topic.
    Helpful Links to Find Financial Coaching Providers Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) Financial Coaching for Housing Options Financial Coaching for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development @Source: Financial Coaching – MoneySmartKC]]>