Free Federal and State Tax Preparation Program has been in operation since 2010 taxpayers within Wilmington and New Castle County. The program operates from January 15 through April 15 full time from our office in Wilmington’s Eastside Neighborhood and on a part-time basis at 16 additional sites throughout Wilmington and New Castle County in areas specifically targeted to meet the needs of low and moderate-income people. The part-time tax sites are located at public libraries, high schools, non-profit community centers and churches that donate space as preparation sites.
The program is sponsored in part by the IRS and United Way of Delaware. Volunteers are recruited from local high school, colleges, the general population and retirees to become IRS certified tax preparers.
Bi-lingual, English-Spanish, interpreters are available at three sites: our office, a church on Wilmington’s Westside Neighborhood, and the Latin American Community Center in Newport, DE. In addition, DACA has a Certified Acceptance Agent on staff that will assist and submit applications for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for clients with a legal tax obligation who do not have a tax identification number.
Financial Literacy Outreach Program: DACA’s Free Financial Education and Outreach Program is a direct outgrowth of our annual Free Federal and State Tax Preparation Program. In working with our clientele on their annual Federal tax obligations, other financial needs surfaced such as budgeting, record and bookkeeping, identify theft, and college education expenses. We saw a need for additional financial services and education to help our clients meet their financial obligations and establish stability in their lives. We created two programs to meet these needs, the Tax Education Program and Financial Education Outreach.
Financial Aid University Program: DACA has been providing college access services since 2012 when we collaborated with National Community of Tax Coalitions (NCTC), a national organization that is sponsored by the Federal Department of Education to provide college assistance. Through our partnership with NCTC, we adopted their Financial Aid University program that provides financial aid awareness through the distribution of financial aid literature, presentations and assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). Since then, DACA has reached out to over 2,000 students in Wilmington and New Castle County. Our accomplishments include partnerships with the Red Clay Consolidated School District and Colonial School District, ASPIRA of Delaware, Hilltop Lutheran Community Center, and Delaware Adolescent Program Inc. (DAPI).
Immigrant Advocates Program: DACA’s Immigration Advocates Program began in 2012 with a permanent staff person working on a part-time as needed basis to manage and provide services.
The target populations is children and young adults arriving in the United States as children and qualify under President Obama’s Executive Order for Deferred Action and immigrants who want to apply for permanent residency, citizenship and /or other immigration process. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recognize DACA as a Board of Immigration Agency (BIA) offering immigration services and representation before the Department of Homeland Security. Our services are offered to those living in the United States especially living in the tri-state area.
DACA provides the following services:
- Presentations on Deferred Action at community centers and public libraries in cooperation of local attorneys.
- Assistance in the completion of immigration forms and visa petitions.
- Bi-lingual (Spanish-English) services and translation of official documents.
- Notarizations at nominal fees approved by USCIS.
- Application processing free to clients that receive fee waivers from USCIS, federal or state benefits or experience economic hardships.
- Help is available to all immigrants who seek our services regardless of their origin.
- A pro-bono attorney provides free consultation for complex cases. Clients with more complex cases are referred to a list of local immigration attorneys.
- Participation in immigration advocacy and collaboration with the Latin American
to help improve the Hispanic immigrants lives.
For more information contact us 302-656-8200