Volunteers Needed to File Taxes

Help put $7.3 million+ back into the pocks of NWA residents

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Lowell, ARK. – In 2015, United Way NWA’s Free Tax Service Initiative (FTSI) helped put $7.3 million back into the community through tax refunds and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

In 2016, United Way NWA is partnering with CARE Community Center to provide four tax preparation sites located at easily accessible sites throughout NWA. Additionally, those who want to prepare taxes in the comfort of their own home can visit myfreetaxes.com. For more information on receiving free tax services in Northwest Arkansas, visit unitedwaynwa.org/our-work/income/ftsi/.

The free tax sites are run by IRS-trained volunteers. United Way of Northwest Arkansas and CARE Community Center are looking for volunteers to help run the 2016 free tax sites. One Saturday spent volunteering can return $5,000 to hardworking families. No accounting or finance experience is necessary and online training is flexible and free. Non tax-oriented volunteer positions are also available including client greeter/screener roles, site assistants, site leaders, translators, financial resource specialists, and IT managers. Spanish and Marshallese speaking volunteers are greatly appreciated.

FTSI is an anti-poverty, money-saving, asset-building program that provides free tax services to those who make under $58,000 per year. This service saves hard-working individuals and families an average of $210* that they would otherwise pay to have their taxes prepared. Not only are these hard-working individuals and families saving money, but each tax preparer is screened for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which could mean even more money in the pockets of individuals and families in NWA. Former President Ronald Reagan called EITC one of the “best antipoverty, pro-family, best job creation measures to come out of Congress”. That is why United Way of NWA educates the community about the benefits of EITC and works to ensure that every individual or family who qualifies is claiming the credit.

United Way NWA’s Free Tax Service Initiative is proudly funded in part by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

For more information contact Alexa McGriff by phone (479-303-4410) or by email at amcgriff@untiedwaynwa.org. To volunteer, contact Kelsey Brock by phone (479-303-4426) or by email at kbrock@unitedwaynwa.org.

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About United Way NWA of Northwest Arkansas
United Way NWA is working to build a pathway out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas, along with working to meet the urgent and essential needs of the NWA community. UWNWA serves Benton, Madison, and Washington counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Southern Missouri. UWNWA supports 56 nonprofits with funding for 66 programs.

About CARE Community Center
CARE Community Center is a nonprofit that believes no one should be hungry. CARE offers community access to resources and education. Whether it is through the Root Cellar Pantry, Neighbor Network, Job Market workshops, or just someone to listen, CARE endeavors to empower our neighbors to live a life of wholeness and dignity.

About Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
For 40 years, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has worked to make a difference by helping to build and sustain the organizations that serve and strengthen Arkansas. Through grant making and strategic partnerships, WRF is working even harder to help close the economic and educational gaps that leave too many Arkansas families in persistent poverty. Working together, the needle can and must move from poverty to prosperity for all Arkansans. For more information on the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, go to www.wrfoundation.org.

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