Housed within CAP Utah is Utah Tax Help, our internal effort to fight poverty through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and other asset development initiatives. The VITA program offers free tax assistance for low to moderate-income families and individuals at tax sites throughout Utah. In 2018, there were 59 VITA sites in Utah staffed by 684 volunteers. VITA volunteers help Utahns claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit for people who work but do not have high incomes. In order for someone to receive this credit at tax time, they have to have worked and they must file a federal tax return, even if they are not required to file.
In 2017, an estimated $6,449,003 in EITC was disturbed to VITA clients. That financial boost helps working people greatly, and this free service is beneficial to those on limited incomes. VITA volunteers provide outreach and knowledge regarding the EITC and ensure that families who are eligible for the credit do in fact receive it on their income tax return.
This program wouldn’t be possible without the service from hundreds of volunteers. Tax season is approaching and it’s not too late to volunteer! By becoming an IRS certified volunteer, you can gain important experience while providing a valuable service to Utah taxpayers. Free training is provided for all volunteers and opportunities are available for everyone across the state. Contact to learn more about how you can help this tax season.
Here’s what one of our volunteers had to say:
“I have really enjoyed working with our clients this year. I have had the opportunity to meet so many members of our community from all walks of life. Almost every one of them have expressed their gratitude for this program, and for our assistance. The economic climate here makes this a vital service. I have loved how grateful people are when they receive a refund for the first time, or even have to pay less. I had one sweet lady cry when she realized she wasn’t going to have to pay anything. She said she had no idea how she would come up with the money.” – Mary, Vernal volunteer