VITA Historical Impact
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a project of the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition (MABC). VITA assists low-income Milwaukee County residents achieve financial independence through education, planning and income development. The Social Development Commission is the lead agency for MABC.
In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA links individuals filing taxes to education about the banking system and the process of obtaining savings and checking accounts, financial literacy on individual money management and asset development programs surrounding asset accumulation and maintenance.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is designed as one strategy of community-wide efforts to move area residents out of poverty. VITA sites are located throughout Milwaukee County to prepare low-income residents' taxes and file them electronically for free.
"Super Sites" were created as one-stop centers in targeted locations. The Super Sites address the challenges of local poverty in new and fresh ways. One of the Super Sites is a mobile site that changes locations in order to maximize the accessibility of services, resources and information.
At the Super Sites, health insurance enrollment and public benefits applications and renewals are made available on site at SDC by certified staff from health center partners SDC is collaborating with to make access easier for our clients. Financial institutions are on site at SDC Super Sites to give clients the opportunity to open bank accounts and obtain other financial and other asset building opportunities. Financial literacy workshops are also held. Download our current flyer for more information.
The Asset Development efforts of SDC rely on assistance from partners of the agency. This support includes direct support as well as in-kind donations of time and expertise. Their support is critical to the program's efforts to assist families achieve financial independence.
As the lead agency for the MABC, a major asset development initiative, SDC and its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program has returned more than $174 million to low income families over the past 14 years.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
4041 N. Richards Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
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