City of Henderson Partners in Free Tax Preparation Program
March 21, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATHY BLAHA, (702) 267-2052
Henderson, Nev. – The city of Henderson is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service, United Way and HopeLink to provide free tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This year to date, over 300 individuals and families in Henderson and surrounding communities have used the service and more than $550,000 in refunds have been issued.
The VITA program offers free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to low to moderate income families earning less than $51,000 per year. IRS certified volunteer preparers help to ensure the distribution of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to taxpayers who qualify.
HopeLink, a Henderson nonprofit social service agency, is one of 34 VITA program sites across the Las Vegas Valley. Eight of the 20 volunteers at the site are city of Henderson employees who donate at least four hours of their time every week. Each preparer is required to first complete at least 16 hours of training and pass a certification test.
Many VITA program participants use their refund for immediate needs, such as rent and everyday expenses. By opting to file their returns electronically, applicable refunds are automatically deposited into their checking/savings account, a process that can take less than 10 days.
“Many of our Henderson families aren’t even aware they qualify for tax credits,” said Councilwoman Gerri Schroder. “Filing taxes can be an intimidating and complex process and this program makes it easy for our residents to complete their return and take advantage of the credits they are due. I’m especially proud of our employees who volunteer their time to help these families in our community.”
This free tax preparation service is available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at HopeLink, 178 Westminster Way, Henderson, Nev., 89015. Appointments can be made by calling 702-566-0576, ext. 314, Monday through Thursday, or 702-327-7855, evenings and weekends. Bilingual services are available.
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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 268,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities and outstanding quality of life. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live and work in Henderson…a place to call home.
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