by Tim Church
FORSYTH, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension announces its 2016 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program created an economic impact of over $3.2 Million.
For the 2016 tax season VITA volunteers assisted over 1,605 low and moderate income families with free tax preparation, at six locations across Taney, Stone, and Christian Counties.
In the recent months VITA volunteers prepared 2,686 federal and state tax returns for taxpayers in those counties, resulting in families receiving $955,104 in Federal Income Tax refunds. In addition, volunteers were able to save local taxpayers $286,600 in tax preparation fees.
On May 12th, the University of Missouri Extension recognized community leaders and VITA volunteers for their hard work and dedication during the 2016 tax season with a special lunch and ceremony at the Golden Corral in Branson.
More information on the local extension offices and the VITA program can be found here.
Ozarks Technical Community College volunteers included: Kristopher Peters, April Saunders, Blanca Aiello and Shari Deegan.
Stone County volunteers included: John Bornheimer, Linda Bornheimer, Diana Peters, Jo Ann Dopp and Luanna LaVielle-Fullerton, Stone County VITA site coordinator.
Taney County volunteers included: Blanca Aiello, Robert Davis, Annette FitzGerald, Joe FitzGerald, Mike Hynes, Luanna LaVielle-Fullerton, Kristopher Peters, April Saunders and Sharon Thompson. Jody LeMaster, University of Missouri Extension, is the Taney County VITA site coordinator.
Recipients of the 2016 special recognition are Diana Peters, Stone County, volunteering for 7 years with the VITA program and Kris Peters, Taney County, volunteering for 2 years and working 3 days a week with the VITA program.