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VITA helps families save money, get refunds fast


Families throughout the community who are feeling the pinch of recession at home and at work understand the critical need to save every dollar more than ever.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the City of San Antonio and the Alamo City Coalition for Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS) continues to offer a free and easy solution to families needing to file their tax returns and receive their refunds quickly.


“We’ve already filed over 27,000 returns and helped San Antonio families recover more than $58 million in refunds and tax credits,” City of San Antonio Department of Community Initiatives Director Dennis Campa said.  “There are still thousands of residents, however, who qualify for free tax assistance and other resources.  Rather than paying tax return preparation fees or high-interest anticipation loans, they could be using that money to buy groceries, purchase medications, pay bills or save for the month.  We want our hard-working families to keep their earned dollars, start savings accounts and build their assets wisely.”  


Working families, retirees and individuals earning up to $45,000 can file their tax returns for free at any one of 30 VITA sites.  Basic returns prepared at VITA sites are filed electronically.  Tax refunds can be electronically deposited into bank accounts in as little as 10 to 14 working days.  All returns are prepared by trained, IRS-certified volunteers. 


Those who need their refunds in less than 10 to 14 working days can apply for RefundExpress™, a zero-cost, zero-interest free alternative to expensive refund anticipation loans.  Sponsored by Generations FCU, taxpayers can receive their money in 2 to 4 working days.  Taxpayers can inquire about RefundExpress™ at select VITA sites.


For more information or to find a VITA site near them, taxpayers can call 2-1-1 or access VITA’s website online –