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District 14 VITA effort served more than 1,000 taxpayers

Wednesday June 25, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

By the time April 15th had come and gone, some 1,088 taxpayers and their families were served in District 14 by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

“I want to thank everyone who has been associated with this program,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “Especially, the volunteers who helped families in need with their tax returns.”

According to the IRS, the VITA program helped in filing the Earned Income Credit totaling $137, 291.00. Total refunds for those who took advantage of the service were $393,353.00. The volunteers managed to save $236, 880 in tax fees for filers. The figures do not include the economic stimulus rebate.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service offers free tax help to low income to moderate income ($40,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by area organizations receive training to help prepare tax returns in communities across the country.

The program was conducted at St. Clement School starting in February through April 15th.

“Any time we can help families and low income people, it is a worth while effort,” says Henderson. “I look forward to working with the VITA program again next year.”

Bob Henderson (D) 14