Bucks County Opportunity Council, Inc.

The mission: To help low income people of Bucks County achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency.

Buck$ Back 
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 mgarber@bcoc.org or call 215-346-8175 x203.  For general information about Buck$Back, visit www.bcoc.org and click on the TAXES tab.

Core Program
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
  • Voluntary

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

 

Applications:

Locations
Administration Office
Address: 100 Doyle Street 
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone Number: 215-345-8175
Fax Number: 215-345-8573
E-mail: bcoc@bcoc.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
1st Floor
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. 
Administration Office 
100 Doyle Street 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-345-8175 
Fax: 215-345-8573 
Email: Doyle@bcoc.org