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NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2021 – PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

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VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE

VITA program promotes financial well-being

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The service is supported by United Way, the IRS, and the Virginia Community Action Partnership. Virginia households making less than $56,000 per year are eligible. You do not have to be a GoochlandCares client to participate.

GoochlandCares VITA volunteers undergo rigorous financial certification and tax prep software training to equip them to handle the trickiest tax situations. Volunteers also learn skills needed to interview participants, review information, navigate forms, and deal with issues specific to low-income filers.

Even small success stories are big wins for low-income and at-risk neighbors. One of our VITA volunteers helped a family file their previous year return so they could receive their stimulus payments. Another individual had not filed for several years because he thought returns could only be submitted by a computer and he did not have access to one.

GoochlandCares is the only provider of this service in Goochland County. In 2021, the volunteers at GoochlandCares assisted with nearly 200 returns. With an average refund of $700, the VITA program truly makes a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.

For information about VITA or other Financial Assistance services at GoochlandCares, contact Vanja Vasquez, vvasquez@goochlandcares.org or 804-556-0605.