OPEN YOUR HEART
LEND YOUR MUSCLE
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
VITACommunity members are invaluable to the success of the VITA program. During the 2011 tax filing season, volunteers prepared more than 2,500 returns in the Coastal Bend area resulting in over $3 million dollars worth of refunds. Those same numbers in the previous year were over 1,800 returns and almost $2 million worth of refunds.
It is estimated that nearly $31 million of potential Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) funds are unclaimed in our local area when hard-working families do not file for them at tax time. That money is lost to them and to our local economy. Additionally, thousands of dollars more is unnecessarily lost when area families pay high fees to commercial tax preparation firms offering Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs) or rapid returns.
All volunteers receive IRS-certified training including basic tax law, the software used to prepare tax returns and administrative processes. Schedule for training: HERE.
Heather Callaway, 2010 VITA site coordinator
Funding for the 2012 VITA program sponsored in part by:
For more information on this unique volunteer opportunity, contact Donna Hurley at email@example.com.
Pictured from left, volunteer Jesse Escamilla retired from Dupont is able to assist clients in both Spanish and English and on the right, volunteer Inglan Iniquez, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student enters a tax payer's information into the TaxWise filing system. (2010)