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.
In Spring 2021, we are hosting the first-ever UGA Financial Inclusion Design Thinking Challenge in which teams will compete by gathering diverse ideas and creating approaches to addressing financial challenges in our communities.