From January through March 2019, nearly 200 families attended welcome events to learn how they and their children could participate in Boston Saves, the City of Boston’s children’s savings account program. The events were hosted at the eleven BPS schools
New season of free tax help includes outreach to aspiring homebuyers
The Boston Tax Help Coalition kicked off its eighteenth season of free tax preparation services with the help of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and community partners at a launch event held Tuesday at the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment. The
Thank you for getting your Financial Check-Up!
During the tax season, the Boston Tax Help Coalition administered the Financial Check-Up, a light touch strategy, one-on-one financial assessment tool that provides a City of Boston resident with the opportunity to review his or her credit report with a trained
Shattuck Award shines light on Alan Gentle’s financial empowerment work
Alan Gentle was in his office, chipping away at the administrative details of his staff’s financial work – when the phone rang. It was the Boston Municipal Research Bureau calling with exciting news: Gentle had been selected as one of
An Innovative New Program to Help Boston Residents Boost Their Credit Scores
A key wedge driving the gap between Boston’s affluent and low- and middle-income residents is credit. While good credit opens the door to low-cost loans, poor or no credit can make innumerable life transactions more expensive, from car loans to
What’s New at the Office of Financial Empowerment
October is an exciting month for the Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment! In addition to our usual work this time of year getting ready for our VITA tax programs, we are preparing to host the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE)
Tips on Credit Cards from the U.S. News and World Report
Credit cards for “bad credit” offer access to credit for people who have low credit scores, usually FICO scores below 580 (Very Poor on the FICO credit score range). With Very Poor credit, it is often difficult to be approved
Boston’s First-of-its-Kind Youth Credit Initiative Shows Positive Results
Too many adults fail to appreciate the value of good credit until they’ve suffered the consequences of poor or no credit: diminished opportunity for jobs or housing, exorbitant loan or interest rates, limited access to further credit. But could these
Be Like Victoria: Bring a Buddy to Get Your Taxes Done!
For years, Victoria has been coming to the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment to get her taxes done for free. “Everybody’s friendly and nice,” she said. “It’s worth it!” This Saturday, for example, her volunteer Boston Tax Help Coalition tax
Learn about Free File, another IRS approved way of getting your taxes done!
In addition to visiting one of the Boston Tax Help Coalition’s free tax sites staffed by IRS certified volunteers, the BTHC also promotes a service called Free File that is also approved by the IRS. Residents can click here to