2-1-1 In the News
Nashville Business Journal
January 25, 2006
preparation centers opening this week
Nashville Wealth Building Alliance will open 12 free tax
assistance and preparation sites this week to help those
eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit get the tax
refund they're eligible to receive.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, 49,347
Davidson County families filed an EITC return and
claimed more than $85.4 million in refunds in 2003, the
most recent tax year figures available. But an
additional 15 percent to 25 percent of EITC eligible
households failed to claim the credit, meaning $13
million to $21 million in refunds went unclaimed.
Last year the NWBA offered the Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) service at 10 locations, and more than
5,000 taxpayers visited, receiving a total of $7.1
million in tax refunds, an average of $1,500 per family.
Those figures represent a 65 percent increase in the
number of individuals served and an 85 percent increase
in the total EITC dollars returned to the community,
$2.3 million, from the previous year.
The NWBA added additional VITA locations this year in
anticipation of increased business and returns.
Information about the location and hours of the NWBA
free tax preparation sites is available by dialing
2-1-1, the Middle Tennessee community service help line,
or visiting www.cooper.house.gov.
The NWBA tax preparation sites are at the following
Oaks Mall, 719 Thompson Lane, second floor
15th Avenue Baptist CDC, 930 Scovel St.
Conexion Americas, 800 18th Ave. S., Suite A
Margaret Maddox Family YMCA, 2624 Gallatin Road.
Zion Baptist Church, 1112 Jefferson St.
Zion Baptist Church, 2261 Murfreesboro Road.
Nashville ACORN, 800 8th Ave. S., Suite C
Levy Neighborhood Network Center, 302 Foster St.
Luke's Community House, 5601 New York Ave.
Westwood Baptist Church, 2510 Albion St.
Woodbine Community Organization, 222 Oriel Ave.
Earned Income Tax Credit was launched in 1975 under
President Richard Nixon. The credit can provide benefits
up to $4,400 to qualified filers, depending on income,
family size and marital status.