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Transforming Tax Season: UWBG VITA Program

Updated: Apr 12

Tax season can be daunting, especially for those facing physical or mental barriers. Yet, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program by United Way of the Bluegrass offers hope. This program not only offers essential tax assistance but also restores trust and dignity to those in need, creating lasting positive change within our communities.


Kyle struggled with his taxes every year due to illiteracy and past tax exploitation. Feeling lost and desperate, he searched to find someone he could trust to guide him through the tax process with honesty and integrity. Thankfully, a recommendation from an IRS employee led him to the United Way of the Bluegrass VITA Program. Kyle made an appointment through the 211 health and human services referral hotline and visited a tax site at the UWBG Black and Williams WayPoint Center to have his taxes completed.   With the guidance of volunteer tax preparers, he not only had two years of returns prepared accurately but also reclaimed stimulus checks he had believed to be lost forever. For the first time, he felt empowered and understood, knowing that his financial matters were being handled ethically and transparently.


This experience serves as a reminder of the impact that the VITA Program has on individuals and families within our communities. By providing free tax preparation services, VITA not only ensures compliance with tax laws but also unlocks financial opportunities for those who need them most. For many, a tax refund represents more than just extra money—it can be the key to securing housing, covering essential expenses, or pursuing educational opportunities, ultimately fostering economic stability and empowerment.

As tax season comes to a close, there's still time to file! You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to utilize a FREE program like VITA for tax assistance. To make a tax preparation appointment, call 211 or visit our website: Together, we can contribute to a tax season filled with empowerment and positive change. Building stronger, more resilient communities, one tax return at a time. 


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