About CA$H

Tonko, Gannon, Hyde, McCoy press conference

What is the CA$H Coalition?

CA$H, which stands for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope, brings together human service organizations, financial institutions, the  IRS, volunteers and others to tackle the issue of poverty and its impact on local families by providing financial literacy resources and free tax return preparation services through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. 

The CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region covers seven counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie

United Way's Role

United Way of the Greater Capital Region is the fiduciary of the CA$H Coalition. The goal of this partnership is to help individuals and families achieve financial stability, which also strengthens our communities and local economy. 

Impact of the CA$H Coalition in our community

IN 2019, THE CA$H COALITION OF THE GCR WAS ABLE TO:

  • Prepare 15,779 tax returns by 289 Volunteers with over 11,000 hours
  • Return $20.6M to families and individuals in the Capital Region
  • Have $4.5M in EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) returned to working families & individuals
  • Save $4M in tax prep fees

IN 2018, THE CA$H COALITION OF THE GCR WAS ABLE TO:

  • Prepare 14,852 tax returns by 262 Volunteers with over 10,000 hours
  • Return $20.6M to families and individuals in the Capital Region
  • Have $5.4M in EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) returned to working families & individuals
  • Save $3M in tax prep fees

From the 2017 Tax Season, the CA$H Coalition helped the Capital Region get back nearly $15 million.

                              Returns Prepared            Total Refund                     EITC refunds

Albany                  4,012                                   $6.5 million                        $2 million

Rensselaer            2,265                                   $4 million                           $1.1 million

Saratoga               1,565                                   $2.4 million                        $638,958

Schenectady            827                                   $1.7 million                        $616,558

Schoharie                404                                    $782,692                            $266,596