Mark March 21 on your calendar. That's when Marylanders can get lots of free help with their taxes and finances.

The Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign is hosting "Money Power Day" which will feature financial workshops, free tax preparation for those earning less than $42,000 and more than 40 exhibitors offering on-site education and financial services.


You also will be able to get your free credit report and one-on-one credit counseling.

Got sensitive papers you need to throw out but worry about identity theft? You will be able to shred you papers at the Shred-It Truck. Dogwood Cafe will offer demonstrations on healthy cooking on a budget. And there are workshops for teens, as well as a raffle for a laptop computer.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute at 1400 Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore.

Get there by 9:30 a.m. and you will hear "inspiring speeches" by Representatives Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and others, the group promises.

Also on Saturday, the IRS is offering free tax preparation at seven Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Maryland for those eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or those with incomes under $42,000. On top of that, the IRS promises to resolve tax issues, answer tax law questions, accept payments, establish payment agreements for those who can't pay their taxes and work with those having a hard time paying. The tax centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:

190 Admiral Cochran Drive, Annapolis

31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore

1260 Maryland Ave, Hagerstown

8401 Corporate Dr., Landover

14701 National Highway, Suite 4, LaVale

212 W. Main St., Salisbury

11510 Georgia Ave., Wheaton