RENO — A team of 11 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members have partnered with the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) and the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows to help northern Nevadans with their taxes through the end of February.
The team will spend its mornings serving at UWNNS helping to expand the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to ensure people in the community get the tax credits due to them. VITA is a free tax filing service for people with less than $50,000 in yearly income. The NCCC members will be trained and certified by the IRS. VITA sites are an important way for low-income working families to learn about and access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Each year, thousands of low-income Nevadans miss out on the EITC because they don’t know they qualify or don’t know how to claim the credit. In 2011, UWNNS’s 10 VITA locations (there are now currently 12 locations) helped 2,389 individuals receive more than $3.1 million in total income tax refunds.
The team also will help at the Boys & Girls Club with a variety of projects. They will help with club members, do outreach for the club to increase public awareness and work on education.
“Our projects in Reno mean so much to me because we’re able to share our time and efforts with so many deserving youth and families,” said corps member Phillip Thomas Dukes.