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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, and can even be located in your agency’s/organization’s office.

Get Tax Help

Want to have your taxes prepared at a VITA site? 

Take part in the VITA program by getting your taxes prepared at no-cost to you by one of our IRS certified volunteers. Information on the 2017 tax season VITA sites will be made available as tax season approaches. Please check back during the month of December for a complete VITA site location listing.

What to BringEarned Income Tax Credit

Volunteer

Want to volunteer with UWBB VITA?

Do you have a love for numbers? Do you enjoy helping others? Have you always wanted to be able to prepare your own taxes but thought it was too difficult? Become a VITA volunteer and see how easy it can be!! VITA is currently looking for individuals to serve as VITA volunteers for the 2017-2018 tax season. You will receive training by an IRS certified agent and be equipped with all the know-how you need to confidently prepare taxes for your fellow community residents. Scheduling is flexible so you can volunteer during a time that works best for you! Please contact the UWBB Director of Health & Income Strategies, Rebecca Weaver at Rebecca@uwbb.org for further information.

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Reality Store

What is the Reality Store?

Reality Store is a financial simulation where students are assigned careers and make decisions about their budget and lifestyles. The event is a fun and effective way for teens to learn about personal financial responsibility and life choices. The Reality Store gives students a pretend salary, checkbook and an opportunity to live like an adult. It helps teenagers understand real world expenses that they will encounter as an adult. The Reality Store help students understand the value of making good choices, the importance of a college education, and how hard it is for low income families to make ends meet.

What is the objective?

The objective is to provide for all the necessities of life, to have a little fun and to have some money left at the end of the day. To complicate matters, students are randomly selected for unexpected life events. These can be anything from getting audited for a tax return, being arrested for failure to pay child support, having an unexpected medical emergency to a flat tire. The experience is an eye opener for many students who are shocked at how fast it all adds up. The goals of the Reality Store program are to help all students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal setting, decision making and career planning as well as clarify the need for young women and men to examine their attitudes about their futures and their career expectations.

For further information on Reality Store or to schedule the Reality Store come to you school or event, please contact the UWBB Director of Community Investment, Jennifer Johnson at Jennifer@uwbb.org

What to BringEarned Income Tax Credit

Poverty Simulation

Want to volunteer with UWBB VITA?

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Poverty Simulation bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. Poverty Simulation is an interactive immersion experience; it sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

During the simulation, participants role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families’ lives. After the simulation, participants have the opportunity to unpack what they learned and brainstorm community change. The Poverty Simulation exists to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding and inspire local change. Together, we can be a voice to end poverty among our family, friends and throughout our community.

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ECONOMIC STABIILITY STEERING COMMITTEE

In partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, the United Way has built an Economic Stability Steering Committee that will focus their efforts on sustainable employment opportunities and affordable housing initiatives for residents in Leon County. The areas of employment and housing were identified as priorities though the Leon County Department of Health Community Health Assessment (CHA). Through the CHA, 8 areas of impact were identified to improve the health and stability of Leon County residents. The United Way is working with community agencies to develop strategic goals centered on providing for the increased economic stability of Leon County residents. The goals established through the steering committee work will be incorporated into the Leon County Department of Health County Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).