Super Tax Day Event a Success
BATON ROUGE, LA (February 17, 2017) – Capital Area United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted Super Tax Day on Saturday, February 4th at the East Baton Rouge Main Library at Goodwood. This event, sponsored by Entergy, focused on a day of free tax assistance by IRS certified volunteers, appointment scheduling and free workshops.
Over 36 volunteers certified in tax prep, intake and quality review completed tax returns for 141 families resusulting in over more than $224,000 in refunds. Among these refunds were more than $144,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and $12,000 in Child Tax and Education Credits. In addition to tax preparers, 73 volunteers were also able to schedule 200 future appointments for VITA sites. Those volunteers also presented to more than 75 clients at numerous workshops throughout the day. Those who were not able to attend Super Tax Day can still visit a a VITA location in their area.
“The volunteers were very welcoming to talk to. I honestly felt guilty – I should have been trying to do my taxes, but the tax preparer just did it for me, very quick and easy.” said Ashley Tunstall, Super Tax Day attendee. “Now my taxes are done way earlier than usual, and I am very happy with my refund.”
The VITA program provides free tax preparation throughout the year to underserved individuals in the community, especially low- income workers, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. On Super Tax Day, the average adjusted gross income average for those served were $22,700 with over 30 percent age 60 plus, 12 percent had a disability in their home, six percent were veterans, and six percent spoke a language other than English in their homes.
The program’s objective is to help eligible taxpayers receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to improve their financial stability, one of the focus areas of Capital Area United Way.
Additional Super Tax Day partners include: Achieve, Appleseed Network, Bank on Baton Rouge, Capital Area Agency on Aging, Capital One Bank, Catholic Charities, City of Baton Rouge Office of Social Services, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Forum 35, Habitat for Humanity, Home Bank, Livingston Parish Library, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Jump$start Coalition, MidCity Redevelopment Alliance, Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana, Pelican State Credit Union, Red River Bank, Red Stick Spice Company, Regions Bank, St. Gabriel Community Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Southern University Law Center, State Bank, Up Alliance, and Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge.
For more information about VITA sites and services visit call 2-1-1, visit www.cauw.org/vita, or text “freetaxes” to 313131 Photos from the event can be found here.
Capital Area United Way
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