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Retired MEDA Tax Volunteer Rick Adams Bring Happiness to All — and $144K in Refunds to the Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Rick Adams came to San Francisco in 1988. He got his MBA at the University of San Francisco, and after making the most of an annual ski pass at Squaw Valley, ventured down a new pathway as a consultant. He started a successful consulting business and moved up and…

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From DC to the Bay Area, MEDA Volunteer David DyTang Tackles Taxes

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Washington D.C. resident David DyTang took a plunge into the unknown in 2016 by venturing to the Bay Area. He decided to make this move after being offered a risk management position at Uber, at the time a scaling startup looking to generate global impact.  Though David had a…

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New Year’s Resolution: Become a MEDA Tax Volunteer

  Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s sure to generate impact: Become a MEDA tax volunteer and give back to the low-income Mission community. MEDA is the largest free VITA tax service in the Bay Area, but that takes volunteers … like you. The upcoming season runs from Jan. 22 to April 15. (Read of…

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Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos’ Speech at 2018 Tax Season Volunteer Thank-You Event

With the season having ended this week, it was time last night to honor the almost 150 volunteers who served 4,400 community members, with around $5 million returned via free tax preparation in San Francisco. At the event, Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos (photo, right, accompanied by volunteer Noemi Chin-Moran), gave an impassioned speech,…

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La Temporada de Impuestos está Aquí

(English version follows Spanish) por Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano con Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez La mayoría de nosotros debemos presentar nuestros impuestos, para el año tributario 2017, antes del 17 de Abril de 2018. Debido a todos los ataques políticos hechos especialmente a nuestra comunidad y los cambios en el código…

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How the EITC Has a Hand in Strengthening our Low-Income Families’ Finances

Today is the 11th annual “Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day” — an important date at MEDA, where most of our historically underresourced tax clients qualify for this credit that lets them keep more of their annual income so they can better afford basic necessities. In the 2016 calendar year, there were 4,518 tax returns…

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Top Tax Tips for 2017

MEDA plans to serve at least 4,500 clients this year via what has quickly become the largest free tax preparation service in San Francisco. The below tax tips are important items to keep in mind when coming to Plaza Adelante (2301 Mission Street @ 19th, Room 203) and its three other VITA sites in San Francisco,…

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MEDA Free Tax Preparation Team Helping the Mission Community, Even Outside of Tax Season

The MEDA free tax preparation team had quite the three-month season from mid-January to mid-April 2016. Over 4,000 returns were filed, translating to $5.8 million in refunds. This is just one way MEDA builds community capital for the historically underresourced community of the Mission District. MEDA’s indefatigable tax team, run by staff and supported by over…

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