The program is offered through longstanding partnerships with UGA and Dalton State
Duluth, GA (June 11, 2020) – Each year, Georgia United Foundation and Georgia United Credit Union offers local communities free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) through support from longstanding partners Dalton State College and the University of Georgia (UGA). The VITA program provides free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with low to moderate income, those with disabilities and the elderly. Dalton State and UGA UGA students are certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax preparers and earn academic credit for their participation in the VITA program. As part of the partnership,
Georgia United Credit Union provides office space, giving the local community opportunities to have their taxes prepared and filed at no charge.
Georgia United Credit Union provides office space, giving the local community opportunities to have their taxes prepared and filed at no charge. Georgia United Credit Union provides
office space, giving the local community opportunities to have their taxes prepared and filed at no charge.
The Foundation’s VITA program, now in its fifteenth year, faced unforeseen challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with University System colleges closing for the year in mid-March. Despite the challenges, the Foundation’s program concluded with student volunteers preparing 300 tax returns for residents, resulting in $464,161 in State and $2,259,424 in Federal tax refunds. A total of 148 students and alumni provided 3,000 hours of service to assist their community.
“VITA is an important program that positively impacts the financial stability of our communities and helps hard working individuals and families obtain access to tax preparation services,” said Kim Wall, director of business and community development at Georgia United. “We are proud to give back to our community and offer the UGA and Dalton State students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.”
About Georgia United Credit Union
Georgia United Credit Union is an award-winning financial leader and partner in education. Headquartered in Duluth, Georgia United is ranked as one of the state’s largest credit unions with $1.5 billion in assets, 168,000 members and 19 branch locations. As a full-service financial institution, they offer competitive products and services for every stage of life. Visit gucu.org to learn more and follow the credit union on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Georgia United Foundation
Georgia United Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in the communities they serve through impactful programs funded and delivered through volunteerism by way of corporate contributions, team members and community efforts. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is the philanthropic arm of Georgia United Credit Union. For details on volunteering, participating or donating, visit gucufoundation.org.