HELENA, Mont. (10/17/13)--A credit union-led coalition of community development organizations won a $76,800 Internal Revenue Service grant to help support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Montana.
Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD) heads the consortium--called the Montana VITA Partnership (MVP)--with Community Action of Northwest Montana, Human Resource Development Councils in Billings and Bozeman, Opportunity Link Inc. and the United Way of Yellowstone County all participating.
"Being part of a coalition makes us better," Carin McClain, MCUCD's VITA program manager said. "We are better able to serve taxpayers in our communities, advocate for our programs, and get the word out about important tax credits that benefit hard-working Montanans."
McClain predicted that the program will save taxpayers in the state "millions." The average taxpayer spends more than $220 preparing their income tax returns, according to the National Society of Accountants. Last year, more than 152 VITA volunteers prepared 5,515 tax returns in Montana.
Most households and individuals who make $51,000 or less qualify for the free income tax preparation service.