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MEDA Meeting Distinct Tax Challenges of the Low-Income Community

After just five years, MEDA now runs the largest free tax preparation program in San Francisco. While things are super busy during the first part of the year, with everyone trying to meet the April 15th filing deadline, there are still plenty of clients coming through the doors of Plaza Adelante, the Mission neighborhood center,…

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MEDA Free Tax Preparation Team Returns $4.5 Million to Community

Background Since 2010, MEDA has been providing free tax preparation to the low- and moderate-income Mission community. This is done via the federal government’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free services to those who make under $53,000, persons with disabilities, the elderly and taxpayers with limited English-language skills. The numbers This tax…

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“Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day”: Building Low-Income Mission Families’ Futures

 National, state and local need As part of his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama stated: “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?” During the last…

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“Taxes Plus: Go Further with MEDA” to Bank on your Family’s Future

In the 2014 tax season, MEDA staff, 120 volunteers and the lead sponsorship of Bank of the West and Citi helped almost 3,500 families get over $5.3 million in refunds, all at zero cost to clients. While those numbers are impressive on their own, it’s actually just the start. MEDA has a Mission neighborhood SparkPoint center, Plaza…

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Your Top 10 Questions about ITIN’s/Sus 10 Principales Preguntas Sobre los ITIN’s

As MEDA gets many questions about Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN’s), and with the 2015 tax season fast approaching, we thought it best to go to the source for answers. The following interview with MEDA Tax Program Manager Max Moy-Borgen answers all things ITIN. MEDA: Can you describe what an ITIN is, in the easiest…

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Social Enterprise at Work: Mission Techies Tackle a Taxing Task

After a productive 2014 tax season–with almost 3,400 clients served at no charge and more than $5.3 million in refunds garnered–MEDA’s seemingly tireless Free Tax Preparation staff and 120 volunteers were a bit worn down. Unfortunately, so were some of the tax department computers. Action was needed to get these laptops refurbished for the reminder of…

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