Community Impact Financial Stability Pathway Faces of Success: Abadi Gebremeskel
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Faces of Success: Abadi Gebremeskel

Faces of Success: Abadi Gebremeskel

Abadi Gerbremeskel has lived in Nashville for fourteen years but is originally from Ethiopia. He graduated from TSU in 2012 and now works as an accountant. Coming from an Ethiopian background, Abadi speaks Amharic and English. When Abadi isn’t crunching numbers at work, he enjoys helping others through United Way’s VITA Free Tax Prep program. Abadi first heard about the Tax Prep program while he was a student at TSU. During his senior year, he began volunteering for VITA and has been helping others with their taxes ever since.

“I like to help others, it’s my hobby. I love advising people on how to do their taxes. Sometimes even a $100 refund can really make a difference in someone’s life,” says Gebremeskel.

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and is a nationwide program that runs from the end of January through mid-April. IRS-certified volunteers prepare tax returns for free for individuals & families who qualify based on income. Last year, VITA volunteers prepared more than 15,000 returns across Middle Tennessee and returned $24 million in refunds and $4 million in saved filing fees.

“People are always so happy to have help with their taxes, and even happier if they get a refund!”

Volunteers are what make this program possible. We need tax preparers, screeners, site assistants and quality reviewers. Even though Abadi has experience in accounting, you don’t need tax experience to be a volunteer. Training and IRS-certification is provided by United Way.

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