It’s Tax Time! Get Your Tax Documents

How to Get Your Tax Documents

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.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-440-4120, or email [email protected]

 

**Please be sure to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker to ensure our e-Statements page will load successfully for you.

Tax Season Brings Fraud

Guard Against IRS-Themed Scams

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.

For more information from the IRS read this IRS-themed scam alert. You can report scam calls by calling 800-366-4484, or report them online.

For information on current scams and alerts, read our Fraud Alerts page. Subscribe to the newsletter and alerts by clicking the link at the upper-right corner of the section.

Harford Has It!

#BuyIn in Harford County!

When you’re looking for food, entertainment and fun, don’t forget all that Harford County has to offer — Harford Has It!

The Harford County community has a great selection of shops and restaurants. From historic Bel Air and Havre de Grace shopping to Harford Mall, #buyin and shop local!

 

Filling Empty Stockings

Staff Play Santa at Empty Stocking Event

Empty Stocking Fund Volunteers
Dominique Beverly, left, and Rachel Jackson

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.

Empty Stocking Fund Volunteers
From L to R, back: Andrea Woodard, Rachel Jackson, Dominique Beverly, Jennifer Terry, Robert Wehland, Susan Tannahill, Kathy Soller (with bear). Front: Toni Kanely, Ken Terry

This year The Empty Socking Fund has helped 282 families, including 656 children.

Staff Have Active Fall at Harford Events

Harford’s Active Fall Brings Volunteers!

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.

Habitat for humanity building project in Havre de Grace, November 9, 2017
(L to R) Jordon Hoffer, Julie Irby, Stacie Sloan, and Briana Smith

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.

United Way Food Giveaway, November 18, 2017
(L to R) Sheri Gasu, Michele Young, Susan Tannahill, Sam Tannahill

 

 

 

 

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.

Identity Theft! Free Lunch & Learn

Nov. 8, Free Lunch and Learn Seminar on Identity Theft!

Id Theft: Who’s Got Your Number?

What: Free Lunch and Learn Seminar on Identity Theft. Lunch provided!

Where: MedStar Health, Turner Community Room

When: Wednesday, November 8, 12:00–1:00 pm

Register Online Now!

Want to learn more about identity theft and how to protect yourself? Go our Fraud Alerts page for the latest information, and sign up for email news and alerts (see circled area below for where to click).

Area of Freedom's web site to lean more about Identity Theft

Pumpkin Contest to Earn One Member $100!

Pumpkin Contest Celebrates CU Day

International Credit Union DayInternational 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! 

A Good Idea

Want to know why Credit Unions are worth celebrating? Read about how Credit Unions got started and why they’re still a good idea!

Why Do Your Banking With Freedom?

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.

See the Official Drawing/Sweepstakes Rules for our 2017 Credit Union Day Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Gift Helps Expectant Mothers

Maternal Fetal Medicine Machine Helps Expectant Mothers

Dr. Anadir Silva, the Physician Lead for Maternal Fetal Medicine Center at MedStar Health in Bel Air, explains how the special fetal medicine chair works to benefit patients and their babies.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.”