The Bucks County Opportunity Council offers free income tax preparation assistance for low-income residents through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). IRS-certified volunteers prepare taxes for qualified residents through April 15, in four locations throughout the county: Bristol, Warminster, Quakertown and Newtown. Individuals and families with a combined income of $57,000 or less may be eligible for the program.
BCOC volunteers have helped over 13,000 families save over $25 million in refunds, tax credits and fees in the last 16 years; money that stays in the local economy. Millions of dollars in tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), go unclaimed each year because they don’t know if they qualify, or cannot afford professional tax assistance, according to the IRS.
Bucks County Opportunity Council volunteers make this program possible and receive training and pass an IRS-certification exam each year. Additional volunteers help with scheduling and other administrative support. VITA is sponsored by the IRS and supported locally by Bucks County Foundation and First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown.
Appointments are required this year due to COVID-19; Safety precautions are in place, contact is limited, and tax preparation is completed off-site. Self-scheduling of appointments is available by visiting www.bcoc.org. If assistance is required, contact Eileen Albillar at 215-345-8175 ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the lead anti-poverty, 501(c)(3) non-profit agency in Bucks County, the mission of BCOC is to reduce poverty, and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency. For over 50 years, the Opportunity Council has served low-income families in Bucks County by helping them to stabilize when in crisis, garner resources to achieve a livable wage, gain additional education and training, and work towards economic self-sufficiency.