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Chattanooga area residents can now visit one of 15 locations in the region to have their tax returns prepared for free, and organizers of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program opened a new Spanish-speaking center this year.
The new location, at St. Andrews Center in Chattanooga, will focus on Spanish-speaking filers but will operate like any other site: offering free tax help to taxpayers whose household income was less than $51,000 in 2012.
"There's a large Hispanic population in Chattanooga, and we want to reach out to them," said Val Palmer, area coordinator of the VITA program at the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. "We'll be saving a lot of money for them."
Every year, Palmer organizes a small army of volunteers to help area residents prepare and file their returns for free. Last year, she worked with 60 volunteers and filed 6,200 returns. That's about $8 million in refunds for area filers.
"What we're trying to accomplish here is to keep the low- and moderate-income families from paying for their returns," she said. "We want them to keep that money so they can get out of debt or use it to pay for important needs."
She estimates that each return a volunteer fills out saves the filer about $250. Volunteers go through an extensive training process in order to learn how to prepare the returns, she said, and are certified at levels ranging from basic to advanced returns.
Local Miriam Monzon is one of seven volunteers at the new Spanish-speaking location and said this is her first year preparing returns.
"I went to the training because I knew many of the Hispanic families here, and I knew what the needs were with these families," she said. "I figured it would be another way I could help."
She said most clients are happy to receive the help on their returns, especially since it is a free service.
Taxpayers who want to find the VITA site closest to them can call the city of Chattanooga at 311, the Urban League at 756-1762 or the IRS at 800-906-9887.
Filers can also visit www.irs.gov and search for "Volunteer Tax Help."