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May 31, 2016

Chandler’s free tax preparation program results are in

The results are in for Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. This year, five tax preparation sites generated refunds of approximately $2.5 million for 1,860 low- to moderate-income residents. 

The sites were open to the public for 11 weeks. Sixty volunteers invested more than 4,500 hours assisting residents. All volunteers were certified with the Internal Revenue Service and completed a VITA training program. 

“The City is grateful for our partnerships with local businesses and nonprofit agencies to support our efforts to assist the public,” said Chandler’s Community Resources and Diversity Manager Leah Powell. The tax preparation sites were held at the First Credit Union, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler CARE Center, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and Hamilton Library. “These sites provided our volunteers with office equipment, supplies and a place to work during each session. We are very appreciative of our volunteers and our program partners,” said Powell.

Chandler’s VITA Program began in 2004 after Arizona convened a statewide task force focusing on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that frequently goes unclaimed. During last year’s tax season, Chandler’s VITA volunteers invested more than 4,000 hours preparing and filing more than 1,800 personal tax returns that provided more than $1.95 million in refunds for residents. 

The volunteers focus on getting taxpayers the credits they are eligible to receive. These tax credits can greatly enhance prospects for family economic success and bring new resources into the local economy, benefiting local merchants and the community as a whole.