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There’s never been a moment like now. Now is our opportunity to band together and fight for a MORE EQUITABLE FUTURE. To kick down old barriers and champion new ways of thinking. We need to STAND UP for people and communities that have been overlooked for too long. By becoming an advocate with United Way of Washtenaw County you’re saying, “not on my watch.” Because we know quietly doing good is no longer good enough.
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Our Current Call to Action: Urge your legislator to fund $35 million for VITA in 2022-23.
Did you know? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a national program that provides individuals and families with low and moderate incomes with free, reliable assistance in filing federal and state tax returns. The impact in local communities is significant– In 2021, United Way of Washtenaw County prepared 615 tax returns which generated $1.46 million in refunds to Washtenaw County people and our local economy.
VITA services were more important than ever during the 2021 filing season, as families continued to struggle to meet their financial obligations. During a national health and economic crisis, a tax refund or a federal stimulus payment can be a lifeline, helping families meet daily needs. VITA sites assisted working families file their taxes and access critical tax refunds used to purchase groceries, pay bills, and build emergency savings.
Even without the increased need from the pandemic, the current funding level already represents only a fraction of the costs of operating VITA sites nationwide, and programs often operate at full capacity. Given the significant return on investment for this program and the growing demand for quality free tax assistance, we strongly encourage our elected officials to prioritize funding for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Matching Grant Program.
Email your legislator today to request $35 million to fund VITA in the fiscal year of 2023.
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