- Increase financial stability for 100,000 Maricopa County residents by 2020.
Too often, hardworking families and individuals face difficult decisions. A stack of bills on the table could mean a choice between buying groceries or keeping the electricity on. They work hard all year. When tax season comes around, it’s an opportunity for many to get ahead.
One in five Arizonans live in poverty. It impacts every part of their lives and their families’ futures. Valley of the Sun United Way works with diverse partners to end the cycle of poverty. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program plays an important role. VITA sites provide free tax preparation and financial education to those who need it most. Taxpayers who use the service say they use refunds to open a savings account, pay bills, enroll in job training – begin a new year on fresh footing.
IRS trained and certified VITA volunteers ensure families and individuals receive tax credits they qualify for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), developed to increase financial stability among working taxpayers.
Together, we will improve one life at a time – and transform our entire community.