Thousands of Milwaukee County residents have gotten their taxes prepared and filed at no charge, thanks to a program entering its 13th season.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program of the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and Social Development Commission (SDC) has officially launched its 2014 tax season.
Kick-off ceremonies were held at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, one of the 20 tax preparation sites for the program.
Interim Executive Director for the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Anthony McHenry welcomed ceremony participants, thanking the MABC partners for bringing the service to facility located near 64th and Silver Spring Drive.
He noted it has attracted an increasing number of families who live in the area and stated it provides a great benefit.
George Hinton, Interim CEO for SDC which is the lead agency for the program, said he is very appreciative of the positive impact that the free program has on families, neighborhoods and the County by helping them begin to accumulate financial assets.
He applauded the many organizations, businesses, foundations, governmental agencies and faith-based groups that have made the tax program so successful over the past years.
The program fills out and files taxes for low and moderate income residents of Milwaukee County at no charge at sites across the area.
In the last tax season, more than 15,000 tax forms were filed that brought back more than $14.6-million in tax refunds and credits.
To learn more about the program and see a flyer with the schedule of service and the locations of all the tax sites, visit www.cr-sdc.org/index/Programs–Services/VITA.htm.