What makes you excited about the VITA program?
VITA is a connection-building program. Folks come in to get their taxes done, and that’s key—nearly all of us have been in a position where getting our tax return can make or break our finances for the year. The exciting part, to me, are the connections our volunteers and site coordinators build with the folks that come in to see them. That connection and trust may mean that someone gets their taxes done, but it may also mean that person learns about a program or service that can meet a need they have, volunteer opportunities or even just make a friend. This program is a connection-builder, and stronger connections make for stronger communities.
What makes the VITA program unique?
VITA works with folks to help relieve some of the pressure of filing taxes by ensuring the community has access to trained and certified preparers free of charge, but each site has the flexibility to meet the community where it is at. Last year, sites across south central Kansas provided in-person appointments, drop off and pick up sites, and virtual tax preparation, depending on what the local community needed. VITA provides the assurance of IRS-certified preparers with the flexibility of local sites—with hopefully more local sites to come!