SDC’s VITA Program in Full Swing as April 15 Deadline Approaches
Free program provides tax help to people making less than $58,000 a year
Every little bit helps.
At least that’s what retired dietician Deloris Racy says as she and her husband anticipate a refund and file their 2018 taxes. The Racy family is among the millions of Americans eligible for the Homestead tax credit, a credit that helps offset expensive property taxes and rent.
But completing the paperwork isn’t always easy. That’s why the Racys came to the Social Development Commission looking for help.
“There were a lot of questions that I didn’t understand, says Mrs. Racy. “They explained them to me here. They were very nice. Very professional.”
Mr. Racy, a retired construction worker and Deloris’ husband agree.
“I’m going to keep asking the questions until I get the answer that sounds right to me,” he says.
“Some people don’t want you asking questions. Everybody doesn’t want to help you and steer you in the right direction.”
That’s one reason the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County donated $90,000 to SDC’s VITA program. The donation allows The Social Development Commission to operate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at four locations throughout Milwaukee County. This year United Way’s Johnson Controls Volunteer Center is a VITA site.
Sadly, like every year, too many Milwaukee County residents will fall victim to predatory tax preparers charging high fees. And according to the IRS, around this time of year, tax-related scams including identity theft are common.
SDC’s VITA program is Milwaukee County’s safety net. Taxpayers get sound advice for free. And when possible, preparers show taxpayers how to save more of their money. Many taxpayers miss credits they qualify for.
“With my income being what it is, whatever I get back is a help. I may put it toward a bill,” says Mrs. Racy. Then again, in a couple of days, Mr. Racy turns 80. “If I get a big enough refund, I may use it to celebrate that,” Racy says.
This is one way SDC’s VITA program is making a difference in the community this 2019 tax season.