During the 2015 tax season, 290 volunteers, including high school students from Hanna, Pace, Lopez, Rivera, Porter, Veterans, La Feria and Los Fresnos High Schools, spent countless hours preparing and e-filing tax returns for local working families qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit. And here's what they accomplished:
• Volunteers filed 4,397 returns at no cost to the working families.
• The families received $4.3 million in Earned Income Credits, $1.37 million in Child Tax Credits, $102,034 in Education Tax Credits and $467 in Elderly Tax Credits for a total of $5,680,701 in credits returned to working families in our communities.
• Total refunds received were $9 million, and every penny of that money went straight to the families, because they didn't pay for tax preparation or refund anticipation loans. Volunteering makes a difference. Imagine the difference over $9 million is making in the lives of families in southern Cameron County.