Tax Preparation Service (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance-VITA)
Free tax return preparation for qualified individuals and families with household income of $54,000 or less annually. Your Federal and State Tax returns are prepared and e-filed by IRS certified VITA volunteer tax preparers from January 23 - April 15, 2019. For more details, see flyer in English, Spanish or Chinese.
If you are interested in volunteering, see flyer for more details on how to sign up.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the United Way of the Bay Area Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Coalition.
CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) exists to ensure every household has enough food to eat. It's a Federal nutrition program; not welfare. Eligible low-income residents receive money in the form of a plastic EBT card, similar to a bank debit card, which can be used at most grocery stores to buy food. Call the FRC today to find out if you might qualify for the CalFresh Assistance - English, CalFresh Assistance - Spanish program. If you are a student and meet the basis eligibility plus student requirements for CalFresh Assistance - Student, you may be able to get help with purchasing food.
Money$mart Financial Workshop
The Money$mart Workshop is offered several times a year and covers the following topics:
- Basic banking
- Money management
- Understanding credit
- Consumer rights
- Protection from predatory practices
- Understanding loans and credit reports
- And more!
Small Business Workshop
Are you thinking about starting a small business or are you a new small business owner? Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a free workshop to learn tips, tools, and resources to prepare for business success.
Workshop topics include:
- Business life cycles
- Start-up checklist
- Importance of good credit
- Business expansion
- Other resources
For more details, see flyer.
Financial Coaching Offers one-on-one counseling with a Financial Coach. Services include:
- Credit repair
- Financial coaching
- Assists with identity theft issues
- Filing back taxes
- Assists with IRS tax debt resolution
- CalFresh (Food Stamps) screening along with linkages to FRC services and other services within the Tri-City area
Peer Lending Circles (Small Loans that Build Credit)
Helps low to moderate income individuals access small loans that increase credit scores. Participants save money with their peers and rotate taking the money (loan). Technically, it's a no fee, no risk, credit-building loan. Participants must attend a Peer Lending Circle info session, get loan approval and attend an enrollment event.