August 21, 2013 — Stevens Point, Wis. — The volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) site in Portage County was recently recognized by the Internal revenue Service (IRS) for its growth in 2013. Through a partnership between WISCAP member agency CAP Services, Mid-State Technical College and United Way of Portage County, the free tax assistance program at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point prepared 261 returns in 2013, a 51% increase over 2012 services.
The certificate of appreciation comes from IRS Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication (SPEC), the outreach and education function of the IRS Wage and Investment Division. SPEC partners with a variety of nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the country to offer VITA services to low- and moderate-income individuals. The VITA program assists households in completing their tax returns at no-cost and helps them access all tax credits for which they might be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and the Wisconsin Homestead Credit. In 2013, Portage County households served by the VITA program received more than $300,000 in federal refunds and more than $130,000 in state refunds, for an average of $1,655 per household. The program is funded by the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin and United Way of Portage County.
CAP Services and Mid-State Technical College will continue to partner in 2014 to offer free tax assistance, with support from the United Way 211 program for scheduling appointments. If you would like to volunteer to prepare basic tax returns, contact Erin Olson at 715-343-7165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.