| Through a coalition of libraries, faith and community based groups, public agencies and business partners, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low income individuals and families prepare their tax returns at no cost in sites around Northern Virginia. Locally known as the Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH), this annual campaign was launched in 2006 by the Office of Public PrivatePartnerships. Since 2009, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services has coordinated the NoVa CASH Coalition, which now includes 21 sites and public and private partners in five counties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free tax certification training to volunteers. To find sites and learn more about who can participate and what to bring, see www.nvacash.org.
Many Volunteers, Big Impact
In Tax Season 2011, 434 volunteers donated approximately 16,580 hours of their time and helped people with low incomes in Northern Virginia receive over $8.1 million in federal tax refunds (30% increase over 2010). The average VITA recipient received $1,766 in federal tax refunds and $1,830 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Last year, VITA volunteers prepared more than 4,300 returns!
CASH = Partners
Each year, Deloitte LLP, Volunteer Fairfax, and the Department of Family Services host a Community Tax Assistance event, this year it will be Sunday, February 26 at the Falls Church Skill Source Center. Deloitte volunteers will be preparing tax returns. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Last tax season, bank partners including TD, M&T and Wachovia/WellsFargo opened 585 accounts for VITA customers and provided up to $100 for initial deposits.
For more information or to learn how you can volunteer or help in other ways, call 703-324-7280; TTY 711 or visit www.nvacash.org.