Faces of Success: Amy Williams
Amy Williams wants her son to understand the value of hard work. Williams also encourages him to dream big.
“I’m a single mother who is also a full-time student,” said Williams. “It is important for my son to see that we can reach our goals with a little hard work.”
Williams wanted to maximize her tax refund last spring. She called United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline and was referred to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free Tax Prep program. It provides free income tax preparation to individuals and families who qualify based on income.
“The VITA Free Tax Prep program makes life a little easier for me because it allows me to have my taxes prepared and filed without paying for these services. The extra money helped me provide for my son.”
An IRS-certified volunteer at the Sam Levy VITA Free Tax Prep Site also ensured Williams received important tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit. Every year, the combination of the EITC and the Child Tax Credit lifts more than nine million people out of poverty, including five million children. Millions of low- and moderate-income workers are eligible for the EITC, but the IRS estimates only 4 out of 5 taxpayers claim it.
“The EITC and the Child Tax Credit helped me pay down some of my debt and also helped me put food on the table. My VITA volunteer was very thorough, patient and kind; he checked over everything to make sure I received all of these important benefits. It means so much to know that United Way offers the VITA Free Tax Prep program to help people like me.”
If you or someone you know earned less than $64,000 in 2016, the VITA Free Tax Prep program is the perfect opportunity to save money on the cost of tax preparation fees. A little hard work and research on the VITA Free Tax Prep program as tax season approaches could go a long way to helping you achieve some of your financial goals and dreams.
For more information about the VITA Free Tax Prep program, please click here.