Boston – Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Director Brian Golden will visit the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment, a Boston Tax Help Coalition site on Thursday, April 6 at 3:45 p.m. to highlight the free tax preparation and asset building services offered by the Boston Tax Help Coalition and help wrap up the 2017 tax season. At this visit, he will recognize the work of Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment staff and volunteers who make this one of the busiest and most successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Boston. He will also meet some of the taxpayers benefiting from this free service.
The Boston Tax Help Coalition, a public-private partnership of over 30 organizations, managed by the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment, which is part of the BPDA, provides free tax preparation and comprehensive asset building opportunities to low and moderate-income residents in Boston. In its 16th year, the Coalition promotes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and provides access to savings strategies such as the Financial Check-Up (FCU) to help taxpayers build wealth and pay down debt. Nearly 400 volunteers are trained each year to support the Coalition’s work throughout the City as tax preparers and financial guides.
These free services are available to Boston residents who earned $54,000 or less in 2016. There are 37 tax sites throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, with support in eight languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Arabic, and Portuguese. Free tax services in American Sign Language are also available by appointment. Last year, the Boston Tax Help Coalition served nearly 13,000 residents, yielding $24.5 million dollars in refunds and credits directly to taxpayers. Families also save approximately $200 they would otherwise have spent on paid preparers, which returns $2.6 million to the community. More information, including all locations and hours, can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org/
The Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment is a financial opportunity center, which – in addition to its tax site – provides free, integrated services for residents to improve their economic mobility and wealth building. Working with a coach over time, residents can access combined services to create a personal financial plan and budget, build credit, develop a career strategy to increase earnings, and utilize benefits available to residents. Coaching is provided in English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean. A drop-in orientation session is held Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am. More information, including locations and hours, can be found at https://ofe.boston.gov/
When: Thursday, April 6, 3:45 p.m.
Where: Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment,
7 Palmer Street, 2nd Floor, Roxbury, MA 02119
- Brian Golden, Director, Boston Planning & Development Agency
- Constance Martin, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment
- Staff from the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment
About the Boston Planning & Development Agency
As the City of Boston’s urban planning and economic development agency, the BPDA works in partnership with the community to plan Boston’s future while respecting its past. The agency’s passionate and knowledgeable staff guides physical, social, and economic change in Boston’s neighborhoods and its downtown to shape a more prosperous, resilient, and vibrant city for all. The BPDA also prepares residents for new opportunities through employment training, human services and job creation. Learn more at www.bostonplans.org, and follow us on Twitter @BostonPlans.