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Thanking our Tax Season Volunteers

The Earned Income Tax Credit helps middle to low income families keep more of their hard earned dollars to help pay the bills or establish savings accounts.

This tax season our the Thomas Jefferson Area EITC Coalition helped low-income taxpayers file around 1,500 tax returns, an increase of 550 returns compared to last year.

Ourefforts generated an economic impact of more than $2.4 million, including federal refunds claimed and tax preparation fees saved by taxpayers.  This could not be possible without the help and support of more than 100 hard-working volunteers and community members.  

Last week we had an ice cream social at our office to thank those volunteers, many of whom are UVA students. Delegate David Toscano (on the left in this photo) was the impetus in the formation of our local EITC coalition and stopped by to thank the volunteers in person.

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Highlights of the tax season:

  • The UVA Medical Center site increased the number of taxpayers from 41 returns filed last year to 177 returns this season.
  • The International Rescue Committee opened up a new site and filed 77 tax returns.
  • UVA Community Credit Union increased their number of sites from 3 to 5 locations.
  • Approximately 30% of taxpayers helped by the coalition qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2010 tax returns.
  • United Way staff answered tax questions and scheduled appointments for more than 2,800 individuals.

Volunteers came from CYFS, the IRC, PVCC, United Way, UVA Community Credit Union, UVA Law School, and UVA’s Madison House.

Thank you to all the volunteers who provided many hours in helping their fellow community members become more self-sufficient.

 

Posted by Kim Connolly

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