WHAT: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program recruits volunteers to work with CADCOM, an agency in Norristown, PA with a mission "to mobilize the human and financial resources of Montgomery County by initiating, developing and administering community and economic development programs designed to provide the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency."
WHERE: Bryn Mawr College has been partnering with CADCOM since 2004 to help provide free tax-services to Norristown residents through the IRS-sponsored EITC-VITA program.
WHEN: Bryn Mawr College volunteers complete a tax law training program over winter break and begin volunteering weekly in late-January and continue through mid-April.
HOW: In 2012 – 2013, 30 students volunteered with VITA performing 3099 hours of service as tax preparers. Volunteers prepared 995 tax returns for Montgomery County residents, including 277 EITC credits. The total amount of EITC dollars returned to CADCOM’s clients was $480,650 and the total amount of refund dollars was $1,353,890. The average refund amount per household was $1360 and CADCOM surveys revealed that clients put that money to immediate use, paying rent or mortgage & utility bills.