WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM?
As part of the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax preparation services to low-income families. Working with local businesses and government agencies, the mission is to raise awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and increase financial literacy among low-income taxpayers.
WHERE WILL THE SITES BE LOCATED?
Site arrangements have been made at 20 convenient locations throughout Northern Virginia in the City of Alexandria and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William.
WILL MY VOLUNTEER EFFORT REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
With the help of more than 400 dedicated and trained volunteers, staffing 20 sites, 5,841 low-income families saved more than $1.1 million in professional filing fees, and prepared and filed their 2013 tax returns receiving more than $8.7 million in refunds this tax season. The average VITA client received $1,636 in federal tax refunds and over $1.7 million was awarded back to those families who qualified for the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The average Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipient received $1,959 for a combined total of $3.4 million.