Research suggests that the EITC positively impacts children and families far beyond the limited time frame during which families claim the credit. Studies show that the EITC encourages work, reduces poverty, improves child health and academic achievement, increasing the likelihood of college attendance and improving prospects for higher earnings when children become adults (http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?faview&id3793).
In the three years of local VITA sites in Vermilion County coordinated by DACC’s accounting professor Lyle Hicks, more than $1,500,000 has been returned to local residents because of the EITC and CTC with tax returns filed for free. As part of the Vermilion VITA Coalition, we need your help.
Volunteers are needed to be trained to serve as greeters and tax preparers to allow more families to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. There are six VITA sites this year — DACC in Danville and at its Hoopeston site, MerChe Manor, Laura Lee Fellowship House, Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School and Community Action Program of Western Indiana in Covington. Volunteers are trained by Hicks with IRS curriculum and standards, can volunteer whatever amount of time they are able — generally any portion of Monday through Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon from Jan. 23 through April 15.
Please help us make the VITA, EITC and CTC available to even more people this year and help us reduce poverty. Together, we can achieve more than any single group can alone. Call Hicks at 443-8559 or me at 442-3512 to find out more and sign up — you will be glad you did! Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.
Jeanne M. Mulvaney is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512.