Ana is a divorced mother of four and has always tried to support her family the best she can. Five years ago Ana turned to a United Way funded Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through Hispanic Unity to receive help filing her taxes. Little did she know that she qualified for Earned Income and Child Tax Credits and was entitled to $7,000 to support her family.
These additional dollars came as quite a pleasant surprise and Ana was able to use the money to purchase a car to drive her family and get to work. Now, five years later, Ana continues to use the VITA services aboard United Way of Broward County’s Mobile Resource Center.
“It is crucial Broward County residents know what tax credits are available, how they can qualify, and where to file. These credits amount to significant funds that will filter into Broward County and improve the lives of many who are living paycheck to paycheck,” said Howard Bakalar, Senior Vice President, Chief Program Officer, United Way of Broward County.
Preparing a tax return can be complicated, and tax filers often seek help from commercial tax prepares who charge high fees that ultimately reduce the value of any refund the worker is eligible to receive. Therefore, the Mobile Resource Center is touring the county through April 14 in order to reach residents who do not have the ability or means to access accountants or financial advisors.