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Posted on: May 1, 2013

[ACTIVE] DSS free tax service is successful

Over $1 million in state and federal refunds for families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wilson, NC – May 1, 2013 – The Wilson County Department of Social Services' VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) service is celebrating as Wilson families received over $1 million in state and federal refunds using the free tax service.

For the 10th year the Department of Social Services, utilizing the assistance of volunteers from Wilson Community College and Barton College, provided free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income families in the community.

The VITA site provided free tax preparation for families with income levels $51,000 or less.

“We are thrilled for Wilson County's families,” said Amber Denning, VITA coordinator. “Our VITA program provides free tax preparation and provides guidance to families on savings, asset building, homeownership programs, and much more.”

This year the program saw 674 customers and saved approximately $135,000 in preparation fees. "Families get to keep money that would have gone to tax preparation fees and they get their refunds timely," said Denning. "It's a positive experience that really benefits families. Many continue to struggle in this economy."

"This program has seen substantial growth since it started in 2003," said Glenn Osborne, director. "It is positive growth because this is saving families' money that goes directly back into the Wilson economy."

DSS VITA started in 2003, when state and federal refunds were approximately $84,000. This year's refunds were $1,018,939.

The VITA program is open each tax season for approximately 12 weeks and the response from Wilson County citizens continues growing.

Denning said staff are already preparing for the 2013 tax season. "We look forward to serving families and helping them to save money next year."


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