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Tax Preparation Program Helps Single Mom Support Her Family

Shelby, an office assistant who lives in Newville, recently turned to the Money in Your Pocket program for help preparing her taxes. As a first-time client of the program, she wasn’t sure what to expect. What she found was a friendly, professional service that saved her hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees.

The program, also known as the Volunteer Tax Income Assistance program, helps low- to moderate-income working families with free tax services.

“As a single mom of two, every penny counts,” says a teary-eyed Shelby. “I am so grateful to the volunteers and this program for their help.”

Currently, Shelby and her children are living with friends. She plans to use her tax return money to get an apartment for herself and her two young children. Shelby also plans to return next year to have her taxes prepared by Money in Your Pocket volunteers.

The Money in Your Pocket program is a community collaboration of organizations committed to the economic stability of local families. United Way of the Capital Region serves as the lead agency.

Fast Facts from Last Tax Season

  • $5.1 million was returned to local families.
  • The average return was $1,146. Clients use the money for bills and to save for the future.
  • Individuals and families increased their income by an average of six percent through the program.
  • 5,332 returns were filed by 260 local volunteers.

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