The Greater Longview United Way in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service assists low income families with free preparation of their income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program helps local residents who earn less than $57,000 a year to access credits for which they are eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
The VITA program utilizes IRS trained community volunteers to provide this free service to local residents. English and Spanish speaking volunteers are available.
VITA volunteers assisted 498 people to prepare and e-file their 2011 income tax returns. This is a 34% increase over the number of returns filed last year.
This program helped families to take advantage of the tax credits they are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Education Credit. The total amount of the returns brought back into the community added up to $ 784,147.
VITA volunteers also worked hard to promote savings and financial stability by offering $50 savings bonds to filers who received at least a $500 tax return and purchased at least $100 in savings bonds with their return.
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