The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, better known as the VITA program, recently wrapped up another successful year of tax preparation. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program, which provides free tax preparation services to individuals or families earning less than $55,000 in annual household income.
The program has over forty years of success in San Antonio, thanks to the Alamo City Coalition for Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS).
By partnering with more than 30 organizations including the City of San Antonio, the IRS, Catholic Charities, United Way, financial institutions, businesses, and local colleges, ACCESS ensures that our community can take advantage of this important service.
This year, from January 30 through April 15, the coalition managed 24 VITA sites across Bexar County. The City’s Department of Human Services operated 18 of those sites and one mobile team. Due to a nationwide delay from the IRS, VITA sites opened two weeks later than originally scheduled.
The most recent data from IRS reported that local VITA sites served 30,313 taxpayers, returning more than $56 million to the San Antonio economy, including more than $22 million in Earned Income Tax Credits, nearly $10 million in Child Tax Credits, and saving taxpayers an estimated $7.5 million in tax preparation fees. These numbers will rise slightly as last-minute returns and paper returns are processed by the Internal Revenue Service.
Finally, VITA efforts will continue year-round at the Neighborhood Place VITA office in order to complete prior year and amended returns. Taxpayers can call 431-7541 to make an appointment.