Mayor Walsh and Boston Tax Help Coalition launch 2019 tax season

The Boston Tax Help Coalition kicked off its 18th season of free tax preparation services with Mayor Marty Walsh and other community partners at the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment on Jan. 29. (Image courtesy of Yiyan Zheng.)

The Boston Tax Help Coalition kicked off its 19th season of free tax preparation services with Mayor Marty Walsh and community partners at the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment on Jan. 29.

Cynthia Jones, a mother of four and founder and CEO of the Women‘s Group of New England, received the largest tax refund with the help of her coach.

“The coaching is such a wonderful thing,” said Jones. “It allows you to have an accountability partner with your finances and plotting your goals to go forward.”

In addition to financial coaching, other services the Coalition provides include Bank on Boston, an initiative to help Boston residents achieve economic mobility through access to reliable and non-predatory financial products and services. It also offers Boston Builds Credit, a credit-building program.

The Coalition serves approximately 13,000 taxpayers yearly. Last year, hundreds of volunteers returned $24 million in refunds and credits directly to taxpayers.

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About Yiyan Zheng 鄭怡嫣

Yiyan Zheng is a reporter for the Sampan Newspaper. She can be reached at [email protected]
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