Tax assistance volunteers help return over $2.2 million to community

MUSKEGON — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Services for West Michigan – a coalition of area nonprofit organizations – teamed up once again to provide free income tax preparation services for eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families.

This past tax season, volunteers donated over 3,000 hours of their time to help generate a record 2,431 federal and state tax returns for individuals and families, totaling $2,292,891.

Participating volunteers are required to complete an intensive IRS tax law training program and pass a certification test. This year the coalition reached out to Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, and offered returns at 12 different sites.

Participating agencies that make up VITA Services for West Michigan include: Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, Asset Building Coalition of West Michigan, Baker College of Muskegon, Community enCompass, CALL 2-1-1, TrueNorth Community Services, Family Health Care, Love INC – Newaygo, Hart Area Public Library, Hesperia Community Library, and Muskegon Area District Library.

Funding partners to help support this year’s tax preparation efforts included: United Way of the Lakeshore, Fremont Area Community Foundation, National Community Tax Coalition, Comerica Bank, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, and the Internal Revenue Service.

“We thank our 43 volunteers, across five West Michigan counties, who generously donated their time to help people maximize their tax returns,” said Goodwill MoneyWorks Tax Program Coordinator Amanda Grover. “It’s gratifying work. For many struggling families, these returns have a big impact on their lives.” 

Contact
Liz Witzler, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, Inc.
(231) 722-7871 x223

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