Tax program continues to grow

T he Washington County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program continues to grow.
Joan Prouty, coordinator of the program, gave a detailed report to the Washington County Board of Supervisors last week and the number of taxpayers who took advantage of the program this year grew by more than 5 percent.
According to Prouty, volunteers scheduled 1,012 appointments and completed 975 tax returns. Those returns resulted in more than $2 million in refunds, a 6 percent increase from a year ago.
“There has been tremendous growth since we started. Eleven years ago the total refund was $229,000,” Prouty said.
The Washington County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, was started 11 years ago and provides free tax preparation services to people who earn less than $52,000 a year. Prouty said the program is a partnership between several different organizations, including Cornell Cooperative Extension of Washington County, Women Infants and Children, Social Services, the Tri-County United Way, Warren and Washington County Mental Health and the Internal Revenue Service.
Although the program is administrated by paid staffers, it relies almost entirely on volunteers.
Prouty said volunteers answered more than 1,300 phone calls and worked 1,709 hours.
The program served taxpayers from 49 different zip codes and 72 percent of filers were returning clients.
She estimated the services saved tax payers more than $240,000 if instead they had chosen to have their taxes done by a paid preparer.

 

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Northshire Freepress – 07/03/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 07/03/15

Weekender – 07/03/15

Lakes Classifieds – 07/03/15

Classifieds 07/01/15

Bridge to open to two lanes this weekend

Bridge

By Dan King State Department of Transportation will be opening the Poultney Street Bridge back to two lanes of traffic […]

Graduates reflect on turbulent year, big farewell

DSC_1783

By Dan King It was a school year that saw its fair share of ups and downs, and the Whitehall […]

Eighty-eight grads celebrate mountains, milestones

1a

By Christina Scanlon Bags of M&M candies were distributed to the graduating seniors at Granville Junior-Senior High School Friday night, […]

‘Rejuvenated’ museum ready for new season

Museum 2

By Dan King Skenesborough Museum opened its doors for the 56th year on Sunday and museum director Carol Greenough is […]

Circus ‘advance man’ clowns around

SONY DSC

By Christina Scanlon By the time the Kelly Miller Circus hits town later this month, one of the clowns will […]

Music, food, fireworks offered

By Christina Scanlon The New York Players have been a favorite for years as part of the Village Summer Concert […]

O’Shea continues as interim principal

Jane O'Shea

By Dan King When the Whitehall Board of Education scheduled a special meeting for last Thursday, the immediate assumption was […]