The Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition (MABC) and the Social Development Commission held a Volunteer Recognition Brunch for the 120 people who helped the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The past tax season was the ninth year of free tax preparation by the coalition of businesses, community groups, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and private foundations.
The volunteers were told that this tax season, they helped prepare the state and federal taxes for more than 12,800 households at no charge that returned more than $17.9-million in tax credits and refunds. That is up from the 10,800 households and $14.5-million for previous tax season. It was noted that not only did the number of returns rise this past season but the quality of the tax work did as well.
Wells Fargo was recognized with the Dedication and Partner Award for their efforts to staff MABC’s tax sites to offer sign-up for traditional checking and saving accounts. And Nayoakee Parker who coordinated the MABC VITA program for the past seven years was honored for her work in making the Milwaukee program a nationwide model for other cities.
SDC CEO Deborah Blanks thanked the volunteers for their efforts during the recently completed tax season. She said their coming together to effectively help so many families symbolizes the power of the community and Milwaukee at its best.