PCABC offers services such as:
- Financial education and coaching Learn more!
- Access to financial institutions and services Learn more!
- Free tax preparation and access to tax credits and deductions Learn more!
- Become a VITA Volunteer Tax Preparer Learn more!
- Individual development accounts/matched savings and savings accounts Learn more!
- Assistance with post-secondary financial aid planning
- Homebuyer education/counseling
- Home search and home ownership incentives such as downpayment assistance
- Rental assistance and support
- Foreclosure prevention and mediation
- Access to public benefits (health insurance and food, energy/utility and childcare assistance)
- Employment/training/education services
- Entrepreneurship training and microenterprise
- Referrals to social services (mental health, substance abuse, etc.) as needed.
Free Tax Preparation available!
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps households with incomes up to $53,000 save money through free tax preparation during tax season (Late January through April 15th each year). Click here to find free tax help at a location near you!
Why is VITA Important?
An estimated 46,000 Pierce County residents are living in poverty and need tax preparation help.
As many as 11,000 hard working families in Pierce County qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but are not receiving it.
EITC is one of the nation’s largest antipoverty programs. Each year 6.6 million people, half of them children, are lifted out of poverty due to EITC.
At VITA sites, IRS-certified volunteers prepare your taxes accurately and ensure that you receive all deductions and credits you qualify for.
Tax filers also have opportunities to learn about other financial services and community resources.
PCABC’s VITA programs are made possible by grants from the IRS, WA State Dept. of Commerce, Key Bank and United Way of Pierce County.
Individual Development Accounts
Individual Development Accounts Building savings for the working poor with individual development accounts. To become self-sufficient, people with low incomes must have the opportunity to save money and build wealth. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) have emerged as one of the most promising tools to enable low-income families to save, build assets, and enter the financial mainstream. IDAs reward the monthly savings of working-poor families who are trying to buy their first home, pay for post-secondary education, or start a small business, in much the same way that tax mechanisms or retirement matches benefit wealthier people.
Key to Change: Banking basics, account management, budgeting, debt management, savings and investment, borrowing money, insurance, retirement accounts, credit reports, negotiating with creditors.
*Sponsored by KeyBank and Tacoma Goodwill. Click here for more information.
Employment & Training
Washington Women’s Employment and Education: Assisting low-income individuals to gain the skills, the knowledge, and the courage to be self-supporting. Call (253) 474-9933 or go to www.wwee.org.
Tacoma Community House: Providing bilingual clients with education and employment services. Call (253) 383-3951 or go to www.tacomacommunityhouse.org.
Metropolitan Development Council: Programs that overcome the barriers limiting women and minorities, socially and economically disadvantaged people from entering high demand trades. Call (253) 284-9017 or go to www.mdc-tacoma.org.
PCABC Contact Info
Amy L. Allison