Financial stability benefits more than a family — it benefits his or her neighborhood and entire community. When we are on solid financial ground, we are more likely to have access to good-quality heath care, provide a good education for our kids, and contribute to our local economy. That’s why UWCT focuses on lasting income solutions (that go beyond charity) to help people build skills and education necessary to get, keep and advance in a good job. And that's why we are establishing strategic partnerships from all sectors to offer financial wellness, coaching and planning to help anyone better manage income, savings and assets.
UWCT is engaging Central Texans, and we are bringing people together to solve community problems. Long-term economic success is not possible without an investment in long-term human success. Working together, we are building strong neighborhoods — all over Central Texas— where individuals and communities can thrive.
UWCT Impact Strategy Highlights
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
During the Tax Season, (February – April) the VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $50,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Our IRS certified VITA volunteers provide basic income tax return services without charge, ensuring 100% of the tax refund goes directly to the customer.
When tax season arrives, volunteers with UWCT’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program dedicate themselves to preparing hundreds of tax returns for Central Texas residents in need. With the help of many community partners, these IRS-certified volunteers return over a million dollars to our community and save our co-workers, neighbors, and friends hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax preparation fees.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
For more information on scheduling an appointment, or to become a volunteer, click here.
This UWCT program is funded in part through a grant from BBVA Compass Foundation.