Finance

Finance Help

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Bank on Boulder

Denver Metro

Boulder

If you live in the Boulder County area, Bank on Boulder will help you open a bank account. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had problems with an account in the past, never had an account, or don’t have a Social Security number. They work with a number of partners so you'll need to call the number to set up an appointment. Or you can look under Get Started on the website. Stop paying check cashing fees from now on!

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BankOn

Statewide

BankOn provides a list of 11 banks and credit unions where you can open an account online without going into a branch. Almost all cost $5 or less per month. Not all of the banks on the list are in Colorado, but several are: Wells Fargo, US Bank, Key Bank, and Bank of America. Click on a bank's website to get started.

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Colorado VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

Free tax preparation help

statewide

VITA volunteers provide free, confidential tax preparation and e-filing of Colorado and Federal taxes. You can earn up to $57,000 to qualify. Click on the website link for more information. Scroll down to the bottom for the green button that says VITA/TCE Locations. Click on that, then you can enter your zip code to find a nearby location with information about whether places take walk-ins or require appointments. It's that easy!

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Consumer Financial Protection Hotline

Denver Metro

Denver's Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection provides a Consumer Financial Protection Hotline at 720-913-1900. You can also email CFPD@denvergov.org. This office will help you if you've been the victim of wage theft, fraud, scam, or financial crime and need help.

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Credit Union of Colorado

Statewide

Credit Union of Colorado offers a standard checking account that has no monthly service fee. It also doesn't require a minimum balance. You can use their mobile banking and a fee-free debit card with your account. For more information and to apply, click on the website link.

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Denver Financial Empowerment Center

Denver Metro

Denver Financial Empowerment Center is a network of 11 locations in Denver and Aurora where you can get free one-on-one financial coaching. Locations include Center for Work Education and Employment, Denver Human Services Building, Montbello Workforce Center, Hope Inside at Bank of the West on Colfax, Hope Inside at the Rudolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, Mi Casa Resource Center, North Denver Resource Center in the Valdez-Perry Branch Library, and more. Click on the website link to learn more. You can also call 211 or 311 to learn more.

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Great Colorado Payback

Find Your Unclaimed Property

Statewide

Great Colorado Payback is managed by the Colorado State Treasurer. The program is responsible for keeping track of assets that may have been forgotten about over time, such as funds from the estate of a deceased relative. The office currently has a list of over 1.7 million individuals and businesses for whom funds are available! Justice advocate Mike Dell recommends that if you've been incarcerated for a while, you may want to check the database under your name just in case there are assets in safekeeping by the State Treasury that you don't know about. Click on the website link, then follow the directions to enter your name, city, and zip code. If you lived in several cities before you were incarcerated, be sure to check under that city's name and even the entire state, and to try both a formal and informal spelling of your name (Gregory and Greg, for example) when you search the database.

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Internal Revenue Services – Find an Office

Statewide

Click on the website for a list of IRS offices in Colorado and phone numbers for Taxpayer Assistance Centers. All of these offices require you to make an appointment by phone first. Scroll through the list for these numbers and addresses. The website also provides links to information about paying taxes. If you make over a certain amount of money, you legally have to file your taxes.

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Phone Scams

Mark Rober used to work for NASA and Apple. Nowadays, he puts out videos on YouTube like this one titled Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer. It's an educational look behind the scenes of those really annoying phone calls. Please share with the folks you know who are too trusting.

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Scam Related to Sex Offense Conviction

Women Against Registry distributed a letter they received from a member who had been contacted by someone claiming to be a police officer. The letter reads: “On Sept. 30 I received a call from someone claiming to be a police officer saying that I was now non-compliant and would be arrested if I didn’t bring $3500 to the county courthouse to post bail. He went on to say I had been sent a registered letter and had signed for it and had missed a court appointed hearing date. This was all a scam, which I got sucked into because I knew people who have been arrested, without warning for similar circumstances. It was also made possible because the registry is ‘public.’ These scammers had access to that information. I nearly went through with the scam and spent over an hour on the phone with this guy because he said I had to stay on the phone with him until I reached the courthouse. I thought that was very odd, but I complied, not wanting to be arrested. I finally realized it was a scam when he told me I had to convert cash into electronic cards. When I finally realized that the cards, he was talking about were “GIFT” Cards, I hung up and called my registry office. I was glad that the officer picked up immediately and I told him what had just happened. He told me it was definitely a scam and that there were no warrants on me.”

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Where’s My Refund?

IRS page with info about your refund. Apparently there's a problem with the tool and mail processing delays. Click on website link for more info.

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