Lend your financial expertise

Tom Bennett

With debt, foreclosures, unemployment and other costs on the rise, low-income families are falling behind financially—and fast. To help bring some relief during the upcoming tax season, the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families (SCWF) is recruiting volunteers to help bring free tax and financial services to families who need them most through it Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Low-income families are among the most likely to leave money on the table at tax time. They’re also those who can least afford to do so. Many are simply unaware of credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a state tax credit that is given only to those who work for a living and enjoys broad support as a tool that rewards work and helps hardworking families. It is a successful anti-poverty, pro-work strategy with a proven track record.

During the 2010 tax season, volunteers joined SCWF in helping low‐income workers get the max from tax time. Thanks to these volunteers and partners, SCWF provided free tax and financial services to over 4,771 individuals and families in Sacramento, returning $7.4 million to hard working families in our community.

Volunteers are needed as tax preparers, money management assistants and administrative assistants; no prior experience is necessary. If you are interested in volunteering for this important project or if you have general questions about the Sacramento Collation for Working Families, please contact Stacy Hart at (916)-447-7063 ext. 352