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 2015, 260 volunteers filed 5,332 tax returns, resulting in more than $5.1 million returned to local families. This helped individuals and families increase their income by an average of six percent.