Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sun Valley VITA Center passes the $1 million mark in refunds for residents in 2010

The Sun Valley Community Center has reached a very important milestone with its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The Center has provided free income tax preparation services to local residents and has secured $1.2 million in tax refunds.

“We are having an amazing year this year,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “We are helping so many needy people, individuals and families this year. I cannot begin to thank all of the volunteers who are helping us bring money back to folks who need it.”

The VITA program at Sun Valley has served as many as 700 clients. It is manned by volunteers and provides free tax preparation for federal and state returns for 2010.

The program has a special focus of tax preparation and tax counseling for the elderly. The key program requirement is that a household makes less than $49,000.00 per year.

Councilman Henderson is a strong supporter of VITA and has been involved with the program since 2008. He is joined this year in helping fund the VITA service at Sun Valley with assistance from Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12) Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25). Other Council members who provided funding include Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), David Tandy (D-4), Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), David James (D-6), Tom Owen (D-8), Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9), Marianne Butler (D-15), Kelly Downard (R-16), Glen Stuckel (R-17), Jon Ackerson (R-18), Dan Johnson (D-21), Madonna Flood (D-24) and Brent T. Ackerson (D-26).

Joining Henderson and Council members as sponsors are the Internal Revenue Service, Louisville Asset Builders Association (LABC), Metro Government, Metro United Way and many other businesses and organizations in the city.

The Sun Valley Center offers VITA through April 15th.

It is open 5 days a week. Times and dates are:

Tues & Thur 9:30 AM - 7PM
Wed 9:30 AM - 4PM
Fri 9:30 - 3PM
Sat 10 AM - 1PM

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