Economic Security

Tax Filing & Tax Credits: Informational Resources

Last Updated Feb 22, 2022

Connecting young adults who have experienced foster care and homelessness to free tax preparation services can put hundreds or thousands of dollars in their pockets to cover basic necessities and more. JBAY has created several resources with our youth advocates to assist young adults with tax filing. See the Guide, Checklist, Fact sheet, Social Media Toolkit, Webinar and Report below.


Are you a youth looking for help filing your taxes? Click here to make an appointment between now and October 15, 2022.

Are you a youth looking to file on your own for free? Click here to use our self-filing guide between now and October 15, 2022.

Tax Credits Put Money in Your Pocket: A Tax Filing Guide for Transition-Age Youth

This publication outlines information about tax laws, tax credits and deductions, tax filing requirements, documentation needed to file, and free tax preparation services to help transition age youth file their taxes and claim a cash back refund.

View the California English and Spanish version / National version

Tax Prep Checklist for Transition-Age Youth

This checklist assists youth with gathering the necessary personal information and documents in preparation for their tax appointment to ensure youth file their taxes with confidence and maximize their cash back refund. The checklist includes free tax filing options.

View the California English  and Spanish version /  National version

How Tax Filing Benefits Foster Youth

This fact sheet describes nine ways tax filing benefits young adults currently or formerly in foster care.

View the California English and Spanish version / National version

Tax Filing 101: Expanded Federal & State Tax Credits Put Money in the Pockets of Transition-Age Youth Webinar (2022)

This webinar discusses strategies to help transition-age youth access tax credits and free tax filing services.

Social Media Toolkit – Tax Campaign for Transition-Age Foster Youth

This Toolkit is designed to assist you with getting the word out via social media to transition-age youth about tax credits.

Money in the Pocket During the Pandemic (2021)

This publication shares the results of a pilot project conducted in 2021 with Santa Clara County Social Services Agency and other local partners to increase foster youth receipt of state and federal tax credits.