Volunteer Impact

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.