$480,000 Returned to You!

10169349_10151998201906845_1323069183_n This year our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provided free income tax return preparations to our hard working community. We are proud to announce that 523 E-files were accepted this year. The Women’s Building cares about doing taxes because our community wants to receive the fair credits that is theirs. 1455070_10152004850201845_107656268_nTrinidad, one of our clients, had never gotten more than $300 back from her federal tax file until now. Because of our service,Trinidad received a Federal refund of $1,097 utilizing all the credits that she had earned! This additional money will help Trinidad’s sick mother who needs special attention. According to the Internal Revenue Service, “refunds totaling almost $760 million may be waiting for an estimated 918,600 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2010”!  We want to make sure everyone gets the tax returns they deserve! We are overjoyed by the amazing work our dedicated tax prep volunteers did this year! These 45 volunteers spoke Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Burmese and English. They attended a 4 day training, came in for 4-6 hours each week during the tax season,  and helped our community collect a total of  $486,271 in refunds.  These refunds will go to medical bills, paying off debt, college education, putting food on the table and savings. The Women’s Building is delighted with the success of VITA this year and we look forward to helping even more families next year. A big THANK YOU to our great volunteers for preparing the returns and BiRite Market for preparing 55 meal boxes to feed us. We could not do it without you. Tax Volunteer 132

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