The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – or VITA – is a nationwide, internal revenue service-sponsored program providing free income tax preparation to individuals and families earning less than $60,000 per year.
In San Antonio, the VITA program is run by a coalition of more than 30 organizations including the City’s Department of Human Services, the IRS, Catholic Charities, the United Way, and other nonprofits, financial institutions, businesses, and local colleges and universities.
This year, from January 22nd through April 15th, the coalition operated 20 VITA sites across the community, with the Department of Human Services operating 16 of these sites and a mobile team.
The latest figures from last week show that VITA San Antonio served 32,500 taxpayers, compared to just under 30,000 returns processed at this time last year.
The program returned more than $58 million in total refunds and $33 million in Earned Income Tax Credits to the community.
VITA also saved taxpayers an estimated $7.8 million in tax preparation fees, which represents a significant savings for our VITA families, who have an average annual income of $21,000.
This Tuesday, the local coalition held an end-of-season event to recognize the more than 300 volunteers who devoted time to preparing tax returns for fellow San Antonio residents.
VITA’s work will continue year-round to process current, prior year, and amended returns at the Frank Garrett VITA office. Appointments can be made by calling 207-1711