Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


Location: United Way of St. Joseph County

Over the last four years our community’s volunteers have prepared over 3,200 free electronically filed tax returns for hard working local families, and seniors.  This program targets taxpayers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit with the goal of returning these tax dollars to our community to help local working families achieve financial stability!  (The average income of a family served by our volunteer tax team is approximately $18,785.)  Since its inception in 2006 this free electronic tax assistance program has netted local families over $5 million dollars in refunds.  The Pro$perity Building Tax Assistance program also saves St Joseph County’s consumers over $390,000 in tax preparation fees each year.  On average clients pay approximately $189 in filing and processing fees with a paid preparer and an average of $140 in add-on fees and Rapid Anticipation Loan or RAL fees (if clients choose this option).

This great program’s goals are to help local families start the year by “KEEPING THEIR MONEY IN THEIR OWN POCKETS” and to provide tools for increased financial education.  To accomplish these goals - we need YOU!

Why volunteer?  You will help hard working families across our communities.  Volunteering with the Pro$perity Building Tax Team builds your confidence; it will change your life and the lives of those you serve, and you will learn about tax law and gain a new set of skills to use in your own life.  Our team is dedicated, friendly, caring and joining this group will allow you to be a part of the solution!

Please join us for our Volunteer Recruitment Open House and learn more about this exciting volunteer opportunity!  Seasoned volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge and excitement and to answer all your questions.  We have multiple volunteer levels for you to consider, so please come and learn about this great service program.  This is an opportunity for volunteers ages 17 and up!  

When                   Tuesday August 30, 2011

Where                  United Way of St Joseph County

3517 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46615

 Time                     6:30pm 8:00pm - light refreshments served


For further information, contact Dawn Chapla or Laura Stringfellow at 574-232-8201, or email dchapla@uwsjc.org.  We look forward to you joining us!