UGA Financial Resiliency Center
We are working on a new project called the UGA Financial Resiliency Center which will house the UGA VITA program and initiate new programs such as a Low-Income Taxpayers Clinic in which students will represent taxpayers before the IRS. The Financial Resiliency Center will house programming that has the potential to make similar or greater student and economic impact as UGA VITA.
In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, this fall, we launched a campaign to increase awareness and receipt of the Earned Income Tax Credit. It is estimated that between $5M - $15M of EITC goes unclaimed in Athens Clarke county alone! Our goal is to start our campaign in Athens in year one and expand statewide.
VITA Pop-Up Sites
During tax season 2022, we are piloting our “pop-up” VITA sites. In addition to our regular in-person VITA services at Georgia United Credit Union on Gaines School Road and our virtual VITA services with UGA Cooperative Extension, we are going to offer 1-day only VITA sites in low-income neighborhoods and in other locations throughout Athens. The goal of these sites is to give more opportunities for free filing services during tax season. This will allow our free tax services to be easier than ever to access!