United Way VITA Has 1-Million Dollar Impact

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During United Way's 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, more than 40 volunteer preparers completed 724 tax returns resulting in a $1,011,648 investment through tax refunds in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

Through combined efforts with My Free Taxes, a free online filing service, the number of returns increased over last year by nearly 40 percent.

Individuals and families with an average adjusted gross income of $27,600 filed at VITA site locations across Rutherford and Cannon counties with an average refund amount of nearly $1,800.

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The United Way VITA program is an IRS-supported tax preparation service, through which trained volunteers prepare taxes at no cost for qualifying individuals and families. This year, with the support of local community partners, United Way expanded the VITA program, providing more individuals and families with resources and options to improve their financial stability to reinvest back in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

Jennifer Gay, Coordinator of Community Impact at United Way said, "With the ever increasing awareness of financial burdens that families face, United Way is at work in our community to bring financial stability through programs and opportunities such as VITA. So many families are faced with the choice of buying groceries or paying their utilities, and United Way would like to be part of the solution through offering families a means of financial stability. The chance to engage in more resources such as VITA, and support Rutherford and Cannon counties is the goal of United Way through financial empowerment."

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For more information regarding the VITA program, visit www.yourlocaluw.org or call (615) 893-7303.

Stuff the Bus collection kickoff June 5
Join United Way at Main Street Murfreesboro's Friday Night Live Concert on Friday, June 5 to kick off this year's Stuff the Bus! The event will be held at the Historic Square in Murfreesboro from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Items may be dropped off and more information available at the City Auto tent!

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