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Waubonsee Program Nets $1.3 Million in Tax Refunds

This tax season, Waubonsee Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program was able to return more than $1.3 million to the local economy. That total came in the form of tax refunds and credits for the more than 700 low- to moderate-income clients the program served. In total, more than 1,500 returns were filed, including 2012 federal and state returns, as well as returns from past years and amended returns.

The college hosted free tax assistance sessions at its Aurora Campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays from January to April. The site was staffed by more than 80 community and student volunteers, including those enrolled in the college’s “VITA Program: Tax Procedure and Practice” accounting class. Waubonsee Adjunct Instructor George Sterling, of Aurora, taught the course and supervised the site. 

Waubonsee partners with the Center for Economic Progress as part of that organization’s Tax Counseling Project. Waubonsee has participated in the VITA program since 2005, and over that time, its volunteers have logged more than 10,000 hours, assisted more than 5,000 clients and returned more than $10 million to the local economy.