Chautauqua County EITC Coalition helps add over $6M to local economy

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition helped families and taxpayers file their paperwork during the 2014 tax season filing for refunds totaling $6,233,970.

VITA volunteers in Northern Chautauqua County processed 965 electronic and paper returns, refunding to taxpayers $1,389,083 in Federal refund dollars, including $466,274 of Earned Income Tax Credit. State refunds processed refunded $342,195 to taxpayers in the community. This year Northern Chautauqua County had 37 volunteers spread out over nine tax sites. In northern Chautauqua County, the coalition hosted tax sites with Chautauqua Opportunities, Inner Lakes Federal Credit Union, SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, and United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, Ahira Hall Memorial Library, Westfield YWCA, Forestville Central School, and Silver Creek Central School. Tax filers were able to attend one of the 9 “Super Saturday Walk-In Sites or make an appointment by phone for sites open during the week to prepare taxes.”

Many taxpayers spend $300 to $350 to get a simple tax return prepared. This VITA program is a great way to provide free tax preparation for struggling or working-class families who may not be able to afford a paid preparer. The VITA program also works to make sure all available tax credits the taxpayer is entitled to are filed. Dedicated VITA volunteers work hard to get participants the highest return possible and refunds are sent directly to the individual or electronically deposited into a checking or savings account.

The VITA program in Chautauqua County is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition: Chautauqua Opportunities, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Inner Lakes Federal Credit Union, Southwestern Independent Living Center, SUNY Fredonia, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, and United Way of Southern Chautauqua County.