Recently, Lois Kitsch, national program manager for REAL Solutions talked to the Credit Union Times about VITA sites. The article was just published and can be found here.
As it’s grown, credit unions and their volunteers have become an integral part of VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that provides free help on returns to those who qualify–and that’s millions of American households.Read the full article at cutimes.com
Across the country, credit unions large and small–typically through community partnerships – are providing staffers and volunteers, space, supplies and other resources in an effort that participants say speaks directly to the core credit union mission.
Nationwide, including from credit unions, more than 81,000 volunteers staffed 12,753 sites last year and served nearly 3.1 million taxpayers, according to the IRS.
That represents an estimated $600 million or more in tax return preparation fees, had it not been free, and total refunds were approximately $3.5 billion, the agency said.
Click here for REAL Solutions VITA site toolkit & resources