VITA Tax Preparers Help Low Wage Households

Thanking our VITA Volunteers. L-R: UW Staff Connie Snyder, DJ Hines, Su Marcy; volunteers Bill Tuel, Melissa Rohde, Paul Edlund, Bob Curran, and Noah Kippley-Ogman. Absent volunteers: Barbara Hochfield Miller and Marcia Kemp.

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. This past year, unlike any other due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team of volunteers was one of the first in the state to have a virtual plan. And we ended up serving more people than ever before, returning $270,490 to the community, 98% of which is funneled back into the local economy for basic needs and to pay bills. Our VITA service was particularly important this year, as many of the government assistance programs were tied to tax returns the IRS had on file.

If you’d like to volunteer as a tax preparer next year, please complete our volunteer application.