Philly nonprofit seeks to help 30,000 residents get bigger tax refunds

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For the past two decades, the Philadelphia nonprofit Campaign for Working Families has helped local residents do their taxes for free.

That’s not changing this year, but the nonprofit did move into a new 6,600 square-foot headquarters in the Brewerytown neighborhood near 29th and Girard. That’s about a mile away from its former office on North Broad Street near Temple University’s main campus.

Its CEO, Dr. Nakia Owens, told a crowd of about two dozen supporters during the office’s grand opening celebration that she wants the organization to help 30,000 residents with free tax preparation this year — up from roughly 22,000 last year.

Owens is most concerned about individuals with low income who pay big fees to for-profit tax preparers because the companies promise same-day loans based on the potential value of their tax return which can be upwards of $7,000 for families.

“Keep that money in your pocket. Save it,” Owens said.

Philadelphia District 5 councilperson Jeffrey Young Jr. asks Dr. Nikia Owens, president and CEO of the nonprofit Campaign for Working Families why it’s beneficial to get free tax prep rather than getting an commercial advance loan on a tax refund. (Kristen Mosbrucker-Garza/WHYY)

  • January 22, 2024
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