Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.
The mission: To help low income people of Bucks County achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency.
Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.'s free tax preparation service for low and moderate-income families. Call 215-345-8175 x 201 for more information.
Part of Bucks County Opportunity Council’s free tax preparation program is an online filing program called My Free Taxes. Anybody can file their federal and state tax return online for free if they earned less than $57,000 last year. Visit the following website: www.myfreetaxes.com/bcoc.
Free Tax Filing Program Needs 30 Volunteers
Have you ever thought about volunteering to help people file their taxes? Nearly 99,000 volunteers nationwide did just that last tax season through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
In Bucks County, the free VITA service is provided through Buck$Back by the Bucks County Opportunity Council, a local non-profit agency serving low-income families and individuals. Over the past nine years, Buck$Back volunteers have helped prepare more than 7,000 returns for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers, providing a value of $12.2 million in refunds, credits and fee savings.
30 volunteers are needed for this tax season.
Volunteers work directly with people who need help preparing their tax returns. Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry. Training is free and available in person or online. The program needs greeters, quality reviewers, tax preparers, interpreters, site coordinators, schedulers and more.
Retired or practicing tax professionals, college students and individuals with no prior tax-preparation experience who complete the training program are welcome. Operated in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Bucks$Back provides free tax preparation assistance to low-income residents of Bucks County including e-filing, direct deposit for refunds and convenient preset appointments. The Opportunity Council program has assisted struggling families and individuals to obtain crucial refunds that can be used for debt reduction, savings, education costs, or reliable transportation.
The first Buck$Back orientation will take place on October 26 at LaSalle University Bucks County Center in Newtown. Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering is encouraged to attend. To sign up, email Mary Garber, Buck$Back Program Manager, at email@example.com or call 215-346-8175 x203. For general information about Buck$Back, visit www.bcoc.org and click on the TAXES tab.
Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) Program
- Goal of the programs is to increase income through employment to be able to be economically independent and get off of all government subsidies
- Long term assistance and intervention to help families achieve self-sufficiency
- Goals set in ten dimensions: income, employment, education, transportation, parenting/social, substance abuse, mental health, health insurance, shelter, and nutrition
- Individualized and specialized
- Self-Sufficiency Specialists and clients work together to develop action steps and goal plans
- Five year participation
Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS)
- Offered in collaboration with the Bucks County Housing Authority
- Designed for clients who have and use a section 8 certificate
- Goal of the program is to increase income through employment to be able to get off of subsidized housing
- Clients begin an escrow account which can be used towards the purchase of a home
- The more income a client makes, the more money is saved in escrow
- Client has up to five years to complete the program
|Support Programs |
|AutoWork and STAR ||Programs that provide transportation to work |
|Weatherization ||Program that offers home repairs to reduce energy costs |
|Food Program ||BCOC oversees the distribution of state and federal food through 26 pantries in the county |
|Emergency Services ||Designed to provide financial assistance for families to overcome temporary barrier(s) to self-sufficiency |
|Rental Assistance ||for residents who are homeless (may receive funds for move-in money to get into permanent housing) or facing eviction (funding to prevent homelessness) |
|Utility Assistance ||possible funding for those facing utility shut-off |
|Administration Office |
|Address: ||100 Doyle Street |
Doylestown, PA 18901
|Phone Number: ||215-345-8175 |
|Fax Number: ||215-345-8573 |
|E-mail: ||firstname.lastname@example.org |
|Central Bucks |
|Address: ||Neshaminy Manor Center |
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, Pa 18901
|Phone Number: ||215-345-3295 |
|Fax Number: ||215-345-3310 |
|E-mail: ||Manor@bcoc.org |
|Lower Bucks |
|Address: ||226 Mill Street |
Bristol, PA 19007
|Phone Number: ||215-781-2661 |
|Fax Number: ||215-781-8026 |
|E-mail: ||Bristol@bcoc.org |
|Upper Bucks |
|Address: ||347 New Street |
Quakertown, PA 18951
|Phone Number: ||215-536-0353 |
|Fax Number: ||215-536-6106 |
|E-mail: ||Quakertown@bcoc.org |
Opportunity Council, Inc.
100 Doyle Street
Doylestown, PA 18901