The Real Impact of Free Tax Prep Program: Meet Monique
When her children were babies, Monique stayed home with them. But now that they are four and seven, she works outside the home again. She used to do her own taxes, but now that she is working, they are a bit more complicated. She also wants to make sure they are filing correctly to get their maximum return.
When her sister told her about the free tax preparation service offered through the Money in Your Pocket (MIYP) program at Middletown Library, she decided to give it a try. Monique works during the day so she appreciates the evening hours at the site. She found the process of checking in, meeting with an IRS-certified volunteer to go through her taxes, and then waiting while another IRS-certified volunteer provided a secondary review, to be very efficient and thorough.
Monique would recommend the program to other young families she knows and she plans to return next year. She and her family plan to use any rebate money they get this year to make home improvements.
MIYP, also known as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, is a collaboration of local organizations committed to the financial literacy and economic stability of individuals and families working and living in our community. The program was developed to help low- to moderate-income individuals and families with their tax preparation, and to increase the use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to ensure that anyone eligible is receiving these benefits. United Way of the Capital Region serves as the lead agency.