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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Honoring those who give

The work of volunteers helped save millions for working families


NEW HAVEN — The recent 7th annual VITA Volunteer Recognition Dinner honored numerous individuals who helped low and moderate income families claim a total of more than $6.9 million in state and federal tax returns and $3 million in Earned Income Tax Credits, organizers said.
VITA, or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is a partnership program with the Internal Revenue Service that provides free income tax preparation services to low and moderate income people. Acting as host for the event was New Life Corporation, a faith-based non-profit organization that is lead organization for the Coalition for Working Families of more than 35 partners, including churches, non-profits businesses, state and local agencies that together provide preparation of income tax returns and accessing of Federal Earn Income Tax Credit for low income earners.
As the master of ceremony, Ariel Martinez, New Life’s executive director, joined the board of directors in congratulating the volunteers for an extraordinary effort in which 2,554 low-moderate income families were helped, organizers said in a statement.
Learn more about New Life Corporation at www.newlifecorp.org

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