Georgia United Foundation partnered with Georgia United Credit Union, students from Dalton State College and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to residents in the Dalton community during the tax season this year. The partnership helped file 1,021 tax returns for Dalton residents.

The VITA program provides free tax return assistance to people and families with low to moderate income, those with disabilities and the elderly. This year's submissions resulted in federal refunds totaling $854,645 and state refunds of $164,638 for Dalton area residents.

"We look forward to offering the VITA program to our communities each year," said Kim Wall, director of business and community development at Georgia United. "The program helps families obtain access to tax preparation services which positively impacts the financial stability of our communities."

Students are certified by the IRS as tax preparers and earn academic credit for their participation in the VITA program. This year, 35 students volunteered a total of 568 student-hours to file taxes for the community. As part of the partnership, Georgia United Credit Union provided funding and office space for the local community to have their taxes prepared and filed at no charge.

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