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Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization; a charitable, educational, private, non-profit corporation serving the seven county area of: Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. [ Phone: (320)679-1800 | Toll Free: (800)832-6082 | Fax: (320)679-4139 ]
Secure File Upload Now Available
This service is provided as a way to securely transfer files to a person or group at Lakes and Pines CAC Inc. instead of sending a document via an unencrypted email connection or by fax. Through this service you maintain control of the files you upload. You will be able to see if your file has been retrieved by an employee at Lakes and Pines and either you or an employee can remove your file from this system at any time.

Instructions on Account Creation
To create an account select register in the upper right corner. Accounts require a valid email address to be created. Enter your email address and a unique strong password. After creating an account an email validation request will be sent to the email address entered. Email account validation is required to access this service.

Once your account is created and your email account has been validated you should be able to sign in and then File Upload will be available to you. This also can be found in the upper right corner after successful login.


Out of Reach 2019: Minnesota
Residents with low incomes, including low-wage workers, including food service workers, personal care aides, home health aides, and medical assistants cannot afford their housing.

This link https://reports.nlihc.org/oor/minnesota from Out of Reach documents the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing by county in Minnesota.

Renters with the lowest incomes face the greatest challenge in finding affordable housing. A renter earning the federal minimum wage would need to work 127 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom rental home at the Fair Market Rent and 103 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom.

For more information, please go to the National Low Income Housing Coalition website. https://nlihc.org/about


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Voluteer For Tax Clinic

2019-2020 Tax Volunteer Interest Form

Lakes and Pines is recruiting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) VOLUNTEERS to assist with free tax preparation service helping low-to-moderate income taxpayers in our community for the upcoming 2019 tax filing season. This program cannot exist without volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for tax sites located in: McGregor, Milaca, Mora, Moose Lake, North Branch and Pine City.

No experience with taxes? No problem! Training is provided! You have no desire to prepare taxes? No problem! We have other positions available!

Intake Specialist-
Keep the tax clinic running smoothly. Check people in and out. Make sure taxpayers have all the documentation needed before they see a tax preparer.

Date Entry Specialist-
Enter tax payer data before a preparer completes the return. This is an important position which assists in time management of clinics.

Tax Preparer-
Prepare tax returns and get our customers their maximum refund!

Food Specialist-
Many of our volunteers arrive at tax clinic right from work or volunteer over a meal time. We feel it is important to provide snacks or light meals. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals or groups to provide support to the tax program!

We offer training to get you ready for your volunteer job. Training begins in January. To learn more about these great opportunities please fill out the Google Survey below or contact Tina Hart at tinamh@lakesandpines.org or 320-679-1800 ext 170

2019-2020 Tax Volunteer Interest Form