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MissionA community coalition that promotes economic justice and improves lives through volunteer tax preparation assistance (VITA) and asset building activities that move low-income families from financial uncertainty to financial security.
- Community leaders across sectors promote economic well-being of all workers with low incomes
- Low- income workers understand and take advantage of asset-building resources
- Neighborhoods that are free from predatory financial practices
- Low-income communities that focus on building a strong economic asset base
The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition promotes free and fair tax preparation services for middle and low-income filers. Many filers are subject to filing fees and refund anticipation loans (RALs) sold to them by private for-profit businesses. These fees and loans are avoided by using the Coalition's free tax sites throughout the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The sites are free, quick, and an efficient alternative to paid preparers.
The Coalition has seen impressive growth since the first year of operations. In 2004, 850 clients received $1.2 million in refunds at VITA sites. By 2012, 10,982 clients received $14.2 million in refunds. During the past eight years, more than 66,000 customers had their taxes prepared. As a result, they received over $84 million in refunds. These results were achieved with the help of more than 1,800 volunteers.