What is The Benefit Bank?

The Benefit Bank (TBB) is a free to use, web-based counselor-assisted service designed to simplify the process of applying for many state and federal benefits, and maximize income tax refunds, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and voter registration forms.

TBB with counselor assistance uses a series of simple interview questions. The counselor navigates the screens and types the client’s responses. When all the questions necessary to fill out the application or tax return are completed, a summary is presented for review. The application is then printed or electronically submitted.

The Benefit Bank of South Carolina helps families prepare and file applications for:

  1. State and Federal Taxes for those who earn $57,000 or less to receive:
    • Earned Income Tax Credits
    • Make Work Pay Tax Credits
    • American Opportunity Education Tax Credits
    • First Time Home Buyer Credits
    • Free Federal Tax E-filing
  2. SNAP- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

  3. GAPS Rx assistance for Seniors

  4. Medicaid Health Insurance for:
    • Children
    • Families
    • Pregnant women
    • Disabled Individuals
    • Elderly persons
  5. FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  6. LIHEAP energy assistance

  7. Voter Registration