Operation Pathways: Book of Stories

Pathway to Financial Stability

Tax Return Assistance Your financial support has provided tax return assistance for many residents at NHPF properties

who cannot afford the needed expertise. This

service is greatly appreciated by those receiving help, as it has proven to save and return to them thousands of hard-earned dollars they would otherwise have not have access to. Assistance sometimes comes on an individual, as- needed basis. We provide support to our residents through MyFreeTaxes.com, a program provided free of charge to persons earning less than $64,000 a year. MyFreeTaxes is a national partnership with the national United Way and H&R Block. Since 2004, we have provided a community-based Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program called Buck$Back at Foxwood Manor in Levittown, PA. Each year, volunteers help hundreds of taxpayers improve their financial situation. Tax preparation volunteers receive online and classroom training to prepare a limited scope of tax returns. Beyond knowing that they have helped those in need, volunteers have benefited as well, with the opportunity to receive real-life experience and to enhance their resumes. Since its beginning in 2004, Buck$Back volunteers at Foxwood Manor have produced measurable results. In 2017, more than 450 tax returns were completed, generating over $620,000 in federal refunds and over $25,000 in state refunds. At St. Luke’s Plaza in St. Louis, MO, 113 tax returns were completed between 2015 and 2017, saving residents over $11,000 in tax preparation fees and generating between $400 and $4000 per tax return in refunds.


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