The Baltimore CASH Campaign -
Creating Assets, Savings and Hope
was formed in the fall of 2001 to employ strategies to help working families in Baltimore maximize their financial opportunities and resources. The campaign is the work of a coalition that includes foundations, nonprofits, community-based organizations, workforce development agencies, Baltimore City government, the Internal Revenue Service, and hundreds of volunteers. The campaign focuses on “making work pay” by leveraging the tax code as a gateway to financial services for working families.
- Conducts marketing and outreach about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other relevant tax credits for low-income workers
- Provides free volunteer income tax assistance (VITA)
- Connects clients to asset building resources, including financial education classes, one-on-one financial coaching, and mainstream banking opportunities
- Advocates for issues impacting working families
For the 2012 tax season, the Campaign prepared over 10,000 tax returns at 20 VITA sites, claiming more than $20 million in State and Federal tax refunds, $6 million in EITC and saving families tens of thousands of dollars in tax preparation fees. Since 2001, the Campaign has helped City residents claim over $80 million in total federal refunds and over $40 million from the EITC!