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Tax Preparation Program
The ACHIEVEability Community Office successfully prepared free federal and state tax returns for 234 local residents this tax season. In all, these residents received over $402,000 in tax refunds.
This free tax preparation program was supported by The Campaign for Working Families, a local group which seeks practical ways to improve the economic status of working people in Philadelphia so that working families have the opportunity to increase their income, wisely manage their finances, protect themselves from expensive financial services and build assets. All tax preparers serving through The Campaign for Working Families are IRS certified volutneers.
The 2012 tax season marked the 3rd year ACHIEVEability has offered free tax preparation services to the local West Philadelphia community. More residents took advantage of this service this year than in years past. If the 234 community residents who utilized the free tax preparation services would have used companies such as H&R Block, Liberty Tax or Hewitt Johnson, they would have spent over $254,000 on fees.
ACHIEVEability and The Campaign for Working Families are working to increase the economic viability of Philadelphia's low income working households so that they can plan for stable, secure futures and can participate fully in civic and community life.