Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
We received free tax services from Lao Family which helped us to claim over $2500 a year in Earned Income Tax Credits and returns. ~ Saw Eh Ku and Shellabell Naw
Each year during the tax season, hundreds of individuals and families migrate to Lao Family offices for help filing their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). As partners with United Way of the Bay Area and the Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! Program, our IRS-certified tax preparers assist low-income families in several ways:
Help families identify and file tax credit claims, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for those earning low-to-moderate incomes, and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits for those paying others to look after their children or other dependents.
Help tax clients and new savers open a savings account using their income tax and EITC refunds as their initial deposit. This also provides an opportunity to help guide positive money management habits for the future.
Help tax clients access asset-building programs and resources available on-site (such as Financial Education programs) and through referral partners.