This year’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, Clinic had the most productive season to date.
VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. The VITA volunteer-driven program provides free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families, allowing them to receive the maximum refund possible, to meet their own pressing basic needs or save for the future. Support and training are provided by our knowledgeable employees, volunteers, and the IRS. VITA ensures that clients get the maximum refund back without having to pay expensive tax prep fees or be subject to predatory refund anticipation loans. The clinic is sponsored by the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) and predominantly staffed by our Rotary Club of Ann Arbor volunteers.
For the tax season just completed, over seventy VITA volunteers, including several affiliated with our Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, completed 465 tax returns, for a 30% increase over last year’s VITA results. For our Rotary Club of Ann Abor volunteers in the effort, more than 800 hours of service were logged.
Taxpayers saved $ 93,000 in tax preparer fees and received $ 711,000 in refunds. Over $400,000 of those refunds came from critically important low-income tax credits–the federal Earn Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC), and the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit and Home heating Credit.
Special thanks go to our Rotary Club of Ann Arbor volunteers Bob Buchanan, Agnes Reading, Griff McDonald, Agnes Reading, John Sepp, John Chamberlin (husband of member Marsha Chamberlin), Allison Rullman (wife of member Loren Rullman), Paul Webb, and Robert Mull. Also, member Pam Smith, President of the United Way of Washtenaw County, is a vital supporter of the Clinic providing staff support and the facility itself.