Welcome to the City of Portsmouth Department of Social Services homepage. DSS touches the lives of all citizens by providing programs and services that ensure the health and welfare of our citizens.
The department provides services to individuals and families that enable them to be the best they can be. Some of these services include foster care, adoption services, adult and child protective services, job assistance, food stamps, medical aid, and many others. We're here to help citizens lead productive, self-sufficient lives.
Free Tax Preparation
PDSS will serve as a registered Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site until April 2009. This program offers free tax preparation assistance for 2008 tax returns to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes of $40,000 or less.
Professionally trained and IRS certified volunteers will be on hand to assist with tax return preparation and electronic filing. VITA/EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) tax preparation and screening services are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by contacting:
Department of Social Services Nondiscrimination Statement:
“In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
“To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”