Free IRS Tax Return Preparation – Other Money-Saving Opportunities Ebenezer Pentecostal Baptist Church continues its steadfast civic ministry

The free tax preparation at Ebenezer Baptist has aided hundreds of low-income families over the past two decades.  (Photo courtesy of CBS Local News)
The free tax preparation at Ebenezer Baptist has aided hundreds of low-income families over the past two decades. (Photo courtesy of CBS Local News)

In the bible passages in the 1st Book of Samuel, the Ebenezer is described as a rock celebrating divine assistance.  At Ebenezer Pentecostal Baptist Church that rock of dependability has been celebrated for over two decades by providing steadfast, free tax preparation assistance.  

Pastor Juanita Rivers, in addition to her Christian ministry, is also an experienced tax consultant.  Under her guidance, and with the cooperation of Campaign for Working Families (CWF), the church offers expert tax and financial counseling 5649 Christian Street on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The service is free for families with income less than the federal minimum of $55,000 for a family of four.  In addition to saving an average of $300 on tax preparation fees, CWF tax return clients usually receive their money in about 10 days, with direct deposit to a bank account if the filing is made electronically.   This can help avoid a taxpayer’s temptation in asking for a tax return loan which costs a great deal in hidden interest charges.

CWF’s knowledgeable money advisors can also help screen clients for other financial assistance and benefits like Earned Income Tax Credits, the new child tax credit, LIHEAP, SNAP, savings bonds, and prepaid debit cards.  They can also help obtain credit reports and one-on-one credit counseling. In the confusing world of healthcare insurance, helpers can connect families to health resources where they live.

For more information, contact Campaign for Working Families at https://cwfphilly.org or 215-454-6483  

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