Tax Preparation Volunteers Success
Fairfax County Office of
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
April 13, 2006
County Celebrates Success of Tax Preparation Volunteers
On April 17, the Fairfax County CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program will celebrate the efforts of nearly 100 volunteer tax preparers at a reception at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Since mid-January, nearly 600 returns have been filed at 12 locations throughout Fairfax County. The volunteers helped residents with incomes of less than $38,000 prepare their taxes with the goal of maximizing tax refunds. The average refund of Fairfax County CASH program participants was $1,477. This represents a significant boost in income for the participants whose average adjusted gross income was just over $17,000 per year. Those who participated in the tax-credit program also save on tax preparation expenses, which typically cost more than $150.
“The people who had their taxes done were very impressed by the helpfulness and professionalism of the volunteers. They could not believe that we were able to provide our service for free,” said Patricia Stevens, Fairfax County Department of Systems Management for Human Services Region III manager, who also served as site director for the north county site.
“We were very pleased at the community response to the first year of our program,” said Emily Bryant, Office of Partnerships executive director. “Partners came forward from within the county, business, faith and nonprofit communities to help the CASH program succeed.”
According to Tom Meagher, program manager, “I was truly impressed by the diversity of our volunteers who ranged from college students to military officers to tax accountants. An accounting firm, Deloitte Tax, truly embraced the program and provided 30 volunteers who worked three nights a week in a space donated by Tysons Corner Mall.”
The next phase of the CASH program will focus on financial literacy this summer. The goal of the program is to provide families with resources to attain self-sufficiency through effective financial management.
For more information about how businesses and individuals can partner with the CASH program, contact Tom Meagher at 703-324-5139, TTY 711, or email@example.com or Meredith Eisenberg at 703-324-5194, TTY 711, or visit the Office of Partnerships Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships.