Super Tax Saturday Helps Low Income Families

By Jillian Petrus, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Some people in Cedar Rapids are getting an early start on their taxes free of charge.

Super Tax Saturday is hosted by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The group tells us cost is one of the biggest reasons people avoid getting help with their taxes. About 75 people showed up to get their taxes done for free this afternoon.

While the event aims to help people with lower incomes file taxes, it's a learning opportunity for the volunteers as well.

Many of the volunteers are college students studying finance and accounting. On Saturday they worked with individuals and families making less than $49,000 a year.

Representatives from area businesses and the IRS were also on hand to answer questions.

VITA says its goal is to get people as much money back on their returns as possible.

"If they do have to pay in, we are able to give them advice on how to prevent that in the future, or why this year is different from other years,” said Bonnie Sorensen, VITA coordinator.

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