You work hard for your money. Make your money work for you.
When people are financially stable, they can make financial
decisions that benefit themselves and their families, which, in turn, benefits
the community. Being financially stable also puts families in a better position
to handle crisis – job loss, illness or other unforeseen expenses.
Consider Byron, a father of five. A co-worker mentioned that
he might qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit. So, he went to a Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance site to have his taxes prepared and found out that he was
eligible for more than $5,600 in EITC. With that money, he was able to remove
mold that had spread through his house, causing one of his children to have
headaches and occasional asthma flare-ups.
The VITA program is just one way United Way of Acadiana is
creating financial stability. In the last two years, this program put approximately
$9 million back in the hands of hardworking families through free tax
preparation assistance. During that period, volunteers assisted more than 5,400
Acadiana residents in filing their taxes, helping them claim approximately $2
million each year of the nearly $30 million in Earned Income Tax Credit that
goes unclaimed annually.
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