The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) coalition provides free tax preparation services and asset building resources to working families with moderate to low incomes.

The Issue

Moderate to low income families lack access to a certified and IRS trained tax preparer with special emphasis on ensuring important tax credits such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Education Credits are received by every eligible person, and many do not have access to important asset building information and tools.

United Way's Role

United Way recognized the need to ensure hard working families Earn, Keep and Save their income. Since 2012, we have led the VITA coalition in Greater Atlanta to provide free tax preparation services to families with moderate to low incomes. The Earn It Keep Save It campaign operates through a matching grant from the IRS. United Way offers free tax preparation at more than 30 VITA sites throughout Greater Atlanta for qualifying families.

The Results

Under the leadership of United Way over the past 3 years, the VITA program has prepared over 45,000 returns. The 2019 tax season concluded with 552 volunteers preparing 15,442 returns, which represents more than $14 million in refunds returned to hard working families.