You can easily get your 2017 tax documents, in Online Banking or through the mail.
Getting Tax Documents if you have Electronic Statements (e-Statements)
If you have e-Statements, 1099s and 1098s are archived and available in Online Banking. First, log in to Online Banking and click on “e-Statements”.** Once you’re in Online Banking, click the tab for “Tax Forms” to view and/or print your document.
Getting Tax Documents if you DO NOT have Electronic Statements (e-Statements)
We mailed tax forms to members not registered for e-Statements. Forms went to the mailing address we have on file.
Not registered for e-Statements yet? Log in to Online Banking. Click on the e-Statements tab** and complete the registration steps. That’s all it takes for you to make the most of this convenient service.
Please remember to list Freedom online banking as a trusted site to prevent pop-up blockers from blocking access to e-statements.
Tax season brings fraud. In one common scam a person pretends to be an IRS agent and threatens to arrest you if you don’t immediately pay a tax debt. Or scammers may claim you have a refund and need to provide your bank or credit card information to receive it. Scammer may contact you by phone, email, letter or online.
The IRS will never initiate contact with individuals by telephone, text messages, email or social media. If you get a call, email or text from someone claiming to be from the IRS it’s fraud.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, hang up immediately.
Don’t click on any links or content within an email claiming to be from the IRS. Delete it.
Only sites that contain “www.irs.gov” URLs should be treated as legitimate. If you come across a non-irs.gov website, social media link or pop-up window, close it.
If you have unresolved business with the IRS, call them directly at 800-829-1040.
Freedom staff spent a recent evening filling empty stockings. The charity behind the event, The Empty Stocking Fund, collects toys and gifts for needy kids. It has become a Freedom tradition to support The Empty Stocking Fund each year by collecting goods and filling stockings. Collection bins are at all branches and donations are being accepted through the end of the year.
The work takes place in a warehouse full of collected donations. Volunteers pull together hand-picked selections for each child on the list. Matches are made based on age, gender, reading level, clothes size, and hobbies. Each child receives a variety of items, such as toys, clothes, books, arts and crafts, games and toiletries.
This year The Empty Socking Fund has helped 282 families, including 656 children.
Freedom staff have had an active fall, participating in three volunteer events since the end of October. Harford’s active community life means there’s always something to take part in, and Freedom staff are there.
Staffers decorated the Freedom van for Mountain Christian’s Trunk or Treat event on Saturday October 28. Employees had a blast handing out candy to the many families coming through for the fun annual event.
November 9 Freedom employees were in Havre de Grace for a Habitat for Humanity build. Members of the branch management and front line staff exercised their carpentry skills on a building project.
The weekend of November 18 employees representing accounting, marketing and senior staff donated time for the United Way food giveaway at Bel Air United Methodist Church. Along with recruited family members, Freedom staff bagged vegetables by the five-pound sack, divvied up bread, and handed out boxes of canned goods to local folks gearing up for Thanksgiving. Almost 500 people came through the doors of Bel Air’s United Methodist Church, collecting goods for their holiday meal.
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International Credit Union Day is Thursday, October 19. It’s a day to celebrate the credit union movement. It’s all about valuing people more than profit.
This year we’re celebrating International Credit Union Day with a contest that’s fun for members and employees. Several groups of Freedom employees have decorated pumpkins. Now we want you to help us choose the best! Your vote is an entry into a drawing for $100! The winning employee group gets a pizza lunch and treats.
Stop by any Freedom branch on Thursday October 19 and vote for your favorite pumpkin!
Freedom isn’t like those big banks. We’re not-for-profit, and member owned. We want the Harford County community to get the financial products and services they need to make the most of life. We are people helping people, and that’s what makes us Something Special!
For more information about this event, call our Contact Center at 800-440-4120.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Machine Helps Expectant Mothers
Freedom recently funded a piece of state-of the-art equipment for MedStar Health’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center (MFM) in Bel Air. The new Maternal Fetal Machine and its viewing monitor helps expectant mothers at risk. The gift also helps us show our support of women in Harford County! In September, MedStar Health held a ceremony to celebrate the gift.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Center physicians are high-risk pregnancy experts. MFM physicians work with other specialist to keep women healthy as their bodies change and their babies grow. The Center addresses chronic health issues and helps women with unexpected problems like bleeding, high blood pressure, or early labor.
The Maternal Fetal Medicine Center’s Lead is Dr. Anadir Silva. Dr. Silva credits Freedom with providing better patient care by paying for the Maternal Fetal Machine. The equipment greatly enhances patients’ experience and comfort. The large-screen monitor allows family members who are with the expectant mother to see fetal images.
Freedom’s CEO, Mike MacPherson, attended the equipment dedication. Representing MedStar were Dr. Silva, Karol Edwards, Regional Director of MedStar’s Ambulatory Services, and Linda Hawes, MedStar Bel Air’s Manager of Operations.
Mr. MacPherson said, “In my position there are very few ‘no brainers’ that you can make a call on. So, when I heard about this opportunity and the necessity for this particular chair and what it represents for soon-to-be moms, we had to support it. It’s really important that we serve the community, not just as a credit union and financial institution, but as a community partner.”