Hope Center

Your One-Stop for Customized Financial Services

The BFNC Hope Center is a neighborhood center for individuals and families focusing on economic advancement, empowerment and financial education. In one convenient location, The Hope Center offers a network of community resources to assist individuals and families with career services, financial planning, and management to build future wealth.
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FREE TAX SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT

2022 TAX SERVICES ARE NOW OFFERED. BFNC VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM

*** 2 WAYS TO SERVE YOUR TAX PREPARATION NEEDS***

I. DROP OFF and FOLLOW UP SERVCE II. ONLINE Portal for 2021 Returns ONLY  –  Download and Print the ONLINE PORTAL PROCESS 022022
Virtual Portal – located at https://bfnc.taxwisemobile.com

DETAILS TO KNOW

✓ YOU MUST REGISTER at 2-1-1 WNY https://www.211wny.org/

✓ TWO BUFFALO LOCATIONS:  DROP OFF SERVICE ONLY

  1.  MOOT CENTER (Lemon Street Buffalo, NY)

VITA at Moot Multi-Purpose Senior Citizens Center 292 High Street Buffalo, NY 14204 Schedule Appointment https://www.211wny.org/provider/10329

2. FIRST SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH 

VITA at First Shiloh Baptist Church 15 Pine Street Buffalo, NY 14204 Appointments – 211 or 888-696-9211

✓  FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS PLEASE REGISTER at 2-1-1 WNY REGISTER at https://www.211wny.org/ *** A TAX PREP GUIDE - VIEW AND DOWNLOAD Download and Print Your TAX VITA GUIDE 2022 – BFNC TAX VITA GUIDE 2022 021222

*** NEED TO KNOW DETAILS***

TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT - CHECK LIST  ✓ PLEASE REGISTER at 2-1-1 WNY REGISTER at https://www.211wny.org/ ✓ Your annual income must be $57,000 or less. ✓ Appointments are REQUIRED this year. Call 211 (No exceptions).          ***New Appointment Slots are added every Wednesday*** Please only arrive for your scheduled appointment. WE WANT YOU SAFE *** Our VITA COVID-19 Protocols include:  ****
  • You must always wear a mask while in the building.
  • Only the person(s) who sign the return are allowed in.
What to expect when you arrive: 
1. You will be asked to complete the IRS Intake Form – Please answer all questions 2. Sign and Date your IRS intake Form on page 4. 3. Sign and date the IRS Virtual VITA Taxpayer Consent Form ✓ it is required to work on your return****
✓ Required items for your appointment.
  1. Bring copies of your Photo ID cards of Taxpayer & Spouse if filing Joint Return.
  2. Bring copies of the Social Security cards of all people on the Tax return.
  3. Copies of your W-2s for each job held in 2021 for each person in the household, this form reports your name, wages, and other tax information to the IRS.
  4. 1099’s showing either:
  • Unemployment Income
  • Social Security Income
  • State tax refund
  1. IRS Letter 6419 – Proof of Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
  2. IRS Letter 14444-C – 2021 Economic Impact Payment – Federal Stimulus Payments
  3. 1095-A if you received credit from the healthcare.govmarket place.
  4. Income/interest statements received savings accounts or investments.
  5. For direct deposits – a valid bank account and bank routing number must be provided.
*** TAX DROP OFF LOCATIONS*** The  Drop-Off station is located in the 1. Moot Senior Center at 292 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 and 2. First Shiloh Baptist Church 5 Pine Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. WHAT HAPPENS?
  • We will collect your tax documents
  • We will process your tax return remotely
  • We will Call you with any questions
  • You will receive an appointment to return in 7 days to pick up your completed tax returns. 
BFNC CALL: 716-853-0600 https://www.211wny.org/provider/9303/

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CLARO - FREE CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IS NOW OFFERED REMOTELY!

In need of free legal assistance for debt, foreclosures, student loans or housing? Please call 716-828-8432. For more information, visit their website at clarobuffalo.org

Our mission is to enhance quality of life, increase financial security, and support economic independence.

The BFNC HOPE CENTER is a member of the United Way CASH Coalition, an agency collaboration with a focus on improving the financial health of hard-working families in Western New York.


OUR SERVICES

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program:
Provides free income eligible tax preparation services for individuals and families making under $58,000 a year.

Benefits Screening and Assistance:
We can assist you in applying for Medicaid, TANF (Cash Assistance), Social Security, SNAP benefits, HEAP, insurance programs and more.

Financial Education and Planning:
The Institute for Sustainable Economic Impact & Financial Well-Being helps to empower individuals to achieve economic stability and financial success.

Support Services:

  • Money Management/Budgeting
  • Checking & Savings Account Education
  • Credit Report Review & Score Education



Banking Education:

  • Checking and Savings Accounts
  • Home Ownership
  • Workforce Development Services

Civil Legal Advice and Resource Clinic (CLARO)
An appointment & walk-in legal clinic.

We offer FREE legal advice & help from an attorney on:

    • Collections
    • Garnishments
    • Frozen bank accounts
    • Court cases or judgments related to credit card debts, medical debts, student loans, car loans, utilities collections, lines of credit, charge accounts, foreclosures