The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an all volunteer collaborative effort that provides free tax preparation assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families in northeast Missouri.
The financial impact in northeast Missouri was in excess of $900,000; considering refunds, credits (emphasizing the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit) and saved processing fees.
VITA had 9 teams of volunteers in five locations; Douglas Community Services in Hannibal, Monroe City Nutrition Center in Monroe City, Shelbina Senior Center in Shelbina, Palmyra Public Library in Palmyra and the Canton NECAC Center in Lewis County. The program also drew clients from Knox, Macon and Pike counties.
With 20 volunteers the VITA program prepared 772 basic federal tax returns. 47% of the returns were prepared for the elderly and the average Adjusted Gross Income over the whole program was $15,204. The program successfully served its target of seniors and low income families.
Collaborating to make VITA successful were the University of Missouri Extension, Douglas Community Services – RSVP and the United Way of the Mark Twain Area. Recognizing the value of this program the Missouri Lt Governor selected Jim McBride, Site Coordinator for VITA and an RSVP volunteer, as one of the state’s Senior Service Award winners this year. Frank Di Tillo, Ex. Director of the United Way shares that he is not aware of any other all volunteer project by an agency or social service entity that has this direct financial impact in our area helping to bring financial stability to Northeast Missouri and providing VITA clients the ability to spend those funds locally for food, shelter and utilities as they deal with the financial needs for their families.
|Site||City||Total Federal Accepted 2012||Total Federal Accepted, 2011||% Change||Refunds||Earned Income Credit||Over 60||PTC?||PTC$||State Refunds|
|United Way of the Mark Twain Area||Hannibal||328||190||73%||$382,248||$130,485||132||44||$20,643||$51,346|
|Shelby County Senior Center||Shelbina||153||150||2%||$124,105||$37,325||88||75||$30,244||$39,298|