Ferko Maryland Federal Credit Union
FCPS employees and their spouses and family members are eligible for Ferko membership. Visit the Ferko website for additional information on becoming a member.
United Way Programs
MyFreeTaxes. This program is sponsored by United Way and H&R Block, (it's their software, the same software that others pay to use). The income limit to use this free software is $66,000 and people do their own taxes either on their computer or smartphone. There is also a 24/7 tax support to answer any questions that come up while doing your taxes, in English & in Spanish. Find more information at https://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). With this program, clients come to one of our 3 locations and IRS-certified Tax Preparers do their taxes and e-file them for free. With this program, you do need to make an appointment and there is an income limit of $54,000.
- Bernard Brown Community Center, 629 N Market St, Frederick
- Hillcrest Community Center, 1150 Orchard Terrace, Frederick
- Seton Center (only open for the first 6 weeks of tax season),16860 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg
The phone number to make appointments is 2-1-1 (this works when called from Frederick County only) or 866-411-6803. United Way will open the line for appointments in early January and our appointments will start on February 1. H&R Block offers the online software for MyFreeTaxes only; the brick and mortar H&R Block locations do not offer free tax perparation.
Deals 4U Especially for FCPS Employees
Special Discounts and Deals on Products and Services
Deals4U, an employee discount program especially for Frederick County Public Schools employees and retirees, provides online access to discounts and deals on products and services from national, regional and local merchants. (Think Target, Peapod, Regal Theatres, HP and more!) The Web-based program is administered by PerkSpot, a company that manages employee discount programs for a wide range of business and organizations across the country.
How it Works
To take advantage of Deals4U, simply create an online account at deals4u.perkspot.com using your personal (not work) e-mail address. Then enter FCPS (if prompted for a code), and create and enter a password. You will then receive confirmation and log-in instructions. After logging in you have access to all the discount offers available to FCPS employees. (If you log in to Deals4U from your work computer, access to some vendors may be restricted for internet security reasons.)
Most merchants offer discounts for online purchases using a special link or code. Local merchants who are looking for walk-in, point-of-sale business may require presentation of coupons, flyers, and/or an FCPS Employee ID card in order to give the discount. In lieu of ID cards, non-benefited employees should show a recent FCPS paystub or the annual “reasonable assurance of employment” postcard sent from Human Resources.
Get the Facts
Review the important guidelines for using Deals4U.
Do You Know a Local Merchant Who'd Be Perfect for Deals4U?
FCPS now uses Deals4U, powered by Perkspot, exclusively to communicate offers to employees. Questions? Go to https://www.perkspot.com/merchants/#contact
Additional wellness programs such as gym memberships and weight loss programs can be found under Wellness.