“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”– Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden
That is new Buck$Back Program Manager Collin Carlone’s favorite quote, which seems to sum up the mission of BCOC well – to help people move permanently from poverty, to economic self-sufficiency.
Collin joined the Bucks County Opportunity Council’s Buck$Back Tax Preparation Program in March. Buck$Back offers free tax counseling and preparation for low and moderate income individuals and families. A lifelong resident of Bucks County, Collin was born in the Elkins Park area and currently resides in Newtown. Collin put himself through college selling sunglasses and cars, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Temple University.
Collin has made it a goal to positively impact the people in his community so he jumped at the opportunity to work at BCOC when his friend Tom told him about the Buck$Back opening. Collin is a baseball fanatic who wants to visit as many MLB stadiums as he can and who is hoping for a pennant for his favorite team, The Los Angeles Dodgers, this season. He loves to travel and his dream destination is Australia, where he would love to swim in the Great Barrier Reef.
Buck$Back is a community-based Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program providing free tax return preparation for people who need tax assistance but can’t afford it. People with low-to-moderate incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and those with limited English skills usually qualify for this free service.
Since its beginning in 2004, Buck$Back volunteers have prepared more than 7,000 tax returns and generated refunds, credits and preparation fee savings totaling $12.5 million for low and moderate income working families. Each year, volunteers help hundreds of taxpayers improve their financial situation. Incredibly, the program returns more than $32 to taxpayers in our community for every $1 invested.
Volunteers are trained to be Greeters, Tax Preparers, Quality Reviewers, and Schedulers. All tax preparation volunteers receive online and classroom training to prepare a limited scope of tax returns.
For additional information on Buck$Back, the VITA program or to find out more about volunteering and how to complete the training process and being a volunteer, go to our Buck$Back page.