The Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CA$H) Coalition of the Greater Capital Region helps individuals and families increase their financial self-sufficiency. CA$H partners provide free income tax preparation, access to community resources, financial education and asset-building activities. Our vision is that individuals and families in the nine counties served by the CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region will be able to keep more of what they earned as well as access tools and develop habits that allow them to achieve long term financial security.
CA$H of the Greater Capital Region is a Coalition of more than 100 community partners committed to helping local individuals and families keep more of their money and improve their financial stability. Since the coalition began in 2007, CA$H partners have returned more than $80 million in tax refunds and credits to working families and to the Capital Region economy through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) / AARP Tax Aide Program. During the tax season, CA$H of the Greater Capital Region operates more than 50 free tax preparation sites in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. At each site, IRS-certified VITA volunteers prepare and electronically file federal and New York State tax returns at no cost for income-eligible persons. CA$H also provides information about debt management, savings programs, money management, job training and more. The short term goal is to help working families keep more of what they earned. The long term goal is to help people become more financially independent so they are able to participate fully in the economy, gain access to more opportunities and enjoy a better quality of life.