Income Tax Assistance
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Haven Neighborhood Services’ VITA program provides an opportunity for the LMI community to file accurate and timely tax returns at no-cost to them and in a culturally responsive, linguistically sensitive manner. This ensures that clients increase their yearly income by the amount of their tax return with the potential to turn that income into savings for the future. Over a third of Haven Neighborhood Services’ VITA program participants qualify for the EITC, which can award a family up to $6,318.00 in additional supplemental income. Haven Neighborhood Services’ VITA program also provides clients with access to tax return refunds that would otherwise go unclaimed.
Haven Neighborhood Services’ VITA program is a key component in our continuum of asset building spectrum services. Our clients face multiple challenges to economic success, including high poverty rates, lack of affordable housing, limited job opportunities, language barriers, and victimization by predatory financial institutions. Through leveraging tax time as an entry point into other services, Haven Neighborhood Services is able to not only supplement family income through tax returns, but also to help them improve their overall financial situation through our Financial and Housing Education Workshops, Financial Literacy and Housing Services, and Supportive Services.