Effective July 1, 2013, the Atlanta Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will become one of the supports offered by United Way of Greater Atlanta as part of the organization’s income division, one of four focus areas.
For many people, April can be the most stressful time of the year! We are fast approaching the ever dreaded Tax Day 2013. But have no fear, we are here with the first in our blog series-12 Days of Tax Tips to get you prepared for a stress free April 15.
On Friday, we were at the Atlanta Workforce Group for the start of tax season and to promote awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or the EITC.
With representatives from Mayor Kasim Reed’s office and the IRS speaking, our executive director, Bill Bolling led the press conference talking about how important the EITC credit is. The EITC is a tax credit available to people with low to moderate income. The credit has helped over 27 million households and has been not only a benefit to those who qualify, but to the economy as well.
With tax season fast approaching, you will begin to see offers for loans that allow anticipated tax refunds as collateral. Be wary of these short term loans as they often have extremely high interest rates and require you have your tax return prepared by the original lender for an additional fee. Below are some tips that will help you avoid common pitfalls and choose a reputable tax preparer.
As we embark upon a new year many people are focusing on health, rejuvenation, and general life orderliness, including organizing paperwork to have their taxes prepared. Each year I see hundreds of tax filers anxiously sit before me awaiting their fate; hoping that there’s a magic wand in my desk drawer that will act as a force field to keep the perceived big bad Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at bay in determining that final number…refund or the dreaded balance due.
Last year, we started turning our annual report into a video. It seemed to us that not only did we enjoy it, you did too. So, without further ado, check out what was accomplished with your help in 2011!
15% of Americans are now keeping their families fed each month with help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. That’s over 45 million people, or almost 1 out of every 7 folks you pass on the street each day. Those are big numbers so it’s no surprise that everyone from Wolf Blitzer to NPR’s Marketplace noticed and reporte
Recently, we had the opportunity to go to a local low-income retirement community for a Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP) distribution. The CSFP is a federally funded program designed to assist low-income senior citizens, mothers and children. We also had mobile benefits screeners from the Food Bank's Atlanta Prosperity Campaign to help those who qualified to apply for food stamps and Medicaid. Watch the video and learn more about our day.