United Way thanks tax prep volunteers, says millions in tax refunds given to residents

VESTAL (WBNG) — The United Way is saying thanks to some of its hardworking volunteers who helped families in our area with their taxes.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, helps low- to mid-income households with their tax preparation for free.

The United Way says volunteers in the program helped return more than $2,500,000 in tax refunds to people in our area.

Thanking the nearly 40 volunteers, Executive Director of the United Way of Broome County Jacqueline Gerchman said, “the individuals behind us do the heavy lifting, their weekends, evenings preparing taxes for Broome County residents.”

The United Way also says an estimated $401,940 was saved in tax prep costs.

All the volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, with the group contributing nearly 8,000 hours of their time.

Julia Gorman

Julia Gorman

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