Money in Your Pocket
The Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) campaign is a community collaboration of organizations lead by United Way of the Capital Region that is committed to the economic stability of local families. The program aims to increase use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Volunteers prepare computerized, electronic returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Tax Income Assistance (VITA) program, which is designed to provide low- to moderate-income working families with help completing federal and state returns, and obtaining credits for which they are eligible.
For tax year 2016, 230 volunteers filed 4,389 tax returns, resulting in more than $4.7 million returned to local families. The average annual income for clients receiving tax preparation services was $21,495 and the average return was $1,379.
Volunteers Needed for MIYP Program
Volunteers are needed to offer free tax preparation services through the Money in Your Pocket program at designated sites in the Capital Region from January 30 through April 15, 2018 during day and evening hours. Volunteers are also needed to serve as greeters (no tax preparing required for this position).
No previous experience is required and training is provided. Scheduling is flexible.
For those interested in learning more, several informational sessions will be held at the following locations:
- Monday, October 16, 6-8 p.m., New Hope Ministries, 5228 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg
- Tuesday, October 31, noon -1 p.m., Belco Community Credit Union, 449 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg
- Monday, November 6, 6-8 p.m., Widener Law Commonwealth, Classroom & Law Library Building, Computer Lab, 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg
- Friday, November 24, 6:30-8 p.m., Employment Skills Center, 29 S. Hanover Street, Carlisle
Sign up for a session online at: http://uwcr.partnershipplanners.org/openhouse.