United Way Leaders United Quarterly - Spring - Page 4



Helping our Neighbors Keep More
of What They Earn
The average taxpayer spends $273 to file their
taxes each year. For low-income and at-risk
individuals, those are crucial dollars that could
go toward rent, food, child care and gas. Since
2003, United Way volunteers have been helping
thousands of individuals save by preparing their
taxes at no cost through our Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program.
Last year, United Way’s
Individuals qualify if they earned less than
$66,000 in 2018.
bringing more than $17.7
Volunteers also help qualifying individuals receive
important credits such as the Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) that
lift millions out of poverty each year. In fact, 25
percent of those who qualify don’t receive the
EITC simply because they don’t properly file their
tax return.
back to the community.
Last year, United Way’s VITA volunteers
completed 14,390 returns, helping taxpayers save
more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees
and bringing more than $17.7 million in federal
refunds back to the community. All of this was
done with the help of 300 VITA volunteers and
crucial VITA partner agencies.
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Unite d Way of Metro p o l i tan Nas h v i l l e
VITA volunteers completed
14,390 returns, helping
taxpayers save more
than $3.9 million in tax
preparation fees and
million in federal refunds
Empowering Our Youth
Ending the cycle of multi-generational poverty
begins by empowering our youth. By educating
them on the importance of checking and savings
accounts. By encouraging them to establish a
long-term retirement plan. And by helping them
understand their taxes from an early age.





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