Each year, CAPSAW supports free tax assistance or VITA sites. During the 2013 tax season, 375 total tax returns were filed, resulting in a savings of approximately $78.000 to taxpayers who may have otherwise used a paid tax preparer.
We are currently in need of volunteers to fill the following positions:
Assistant Site Coordinators
Our sites include:
Stuarts Draft High School
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
United Way of Greater Augusta, Fishersville
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Staunton Creative Community Fund
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING - Tuesday December 2, 7 p.m.. - United Way of Greater Augusta, Fishersville VA
For more information on our volunteer opportunities, please email Emily Cox or call 540-221-1654.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
CAPSAW sponsored Valley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) through its third season of operation for the 2012 filing season. Hours were expanded and economic education and benefit screening services were added at both of the existing sites. Plans for the 2013 filing season include two new locations and the addition of Individual Development Account opportunities. Highlights for the 2012 season include:
More than 250 federal and state tax returns filed with clients obtaining more than $400,000 in refunds to supplement their annual wages
Average refund of $1,360 for clients with an average income of $17,200 a year
Over $50,000 saved by taxpayers not using paid preparers with clients able to keep 100% of their refunds (approximate savings of $200 a return)
Recruited and trained 25 volunteers who provided nearly 700 hours of service to prepare returns. The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services estimates the value of volunteer time at $24.64 an hour, which equates to a value of over $17,000
Compared to 2011 tax year this represents:
75% increase in the number of returns filed
80% increase in the amount of federal refunds
73% increase in the amount of state refunds
77% increase in the funds saved by not using a paid preparer