The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA, helps low-income families file their tax returns, and this year was a record breaking year for them.
"We had about an extra thousand returns this year over last year," said Dr. Valrie Chambers, accounting professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. "We had an extra ruffling million dollars returned to the community. It's a strong and growing program."
This year, the program helped prepare and file just over 3,100 tax returns. Combined VITA returned a record $4 million to low and moderate income households here in the Coastal Bend. It took 49 volunteers to make it happen.
The program is a combined effort between TAMUCC, the United Way of the Coastal Bend, the Internal Revenue Service and several other community partners.
If you would like to learn more about the VITA program, go to www.uwcb.org.