Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group Inc. and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program or RSVP hosted a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Western Sizzlin for those served during this filing season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA program was an overwhelming success again this year due to the dedicated service and commitment of the RSVP volunteers.
Each volunteer is IRS-certified and provided free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This year people on Altus Air Force Base joined the RSVP to serve military service members, veterans and their families. RSVP is sponsored by the Corporation for National Service and Department of Human Services.
The RSVP volunteers were Greeter Glenda Barker, Advanced Preparer William “Bill” Brooks, Advanced Preparer Mary Cason, Advanced Preparer Kathleen Cowan, Greeter and Interpreter Roberto Estrada, Advanced Preparer and Interpreter Virginia Goskey, Advanced Preparer William “Lee” McClendon, Advanced Preparer James Molledahl, Greeter Deborah Mule, Greeter William Munoz, Advanced Preparer Marianne Nagy, Advanced Preparer Sue Overstreet, Advanced Preparer and Site Coodinator Claire Perdicaris, Basic Preparer Julie Pickerill, Greeter and Interpreter Maria Sotuyo, Greeter and Interpreter Elvia Trevino and Advanced Preparer Johnny Wilson.
The community volunteers were Advanced Preparer Senior Master Sgt. Martin Bedford, Advanced Preparer Staff Sgt. Orial Christopher, Instructor and Site Coordinator Sasha Hardy, Greeter and Interpreter Senior Airman Mayreni Herrera, Greeter Josie Hill, Advanced Preparer Capt. Stuart Meyers, Site Coodinator and Advanced Preparer Capt. Graydon Vandament, Site Coordinator and Advanced Preparer Suzanne Waites and Master Sgt. Mary Williams; all preparing tax returns.
As of April 26 the hard-working volunteers prepared 368 federal returns and 398 state returns which were eFiled, producing the following:
- Earned income tax credits: $331,444
- Federal refunds: $839,271
- State refunds: $120,114
Officials reported that 326 clients said participating in the program had a positive impact on their finances.
Several Altus businesses partnered with the RSVP and assisted in the VITA program. Stockman’s Bank donated $1,000 for supplies, purchased $990 worth of newspaper ads from The Altus Times, purchased and scripted $8,405 worth of radio ads which aired from mid-January through the beginning of April on seven different stations covering the service area for a total of $10,395. NBC Bank, Frazer Bank and Red River Community Credit Union contributed donations toward ink and toner costs. Altus Air Force Base loaned three laptop computers and printed fliers. First United Methodist Church – Mangum donated space and Internet access, The Towers Apartments donated space, Altus Power distributed fliers in area utility statements and Advantage Office Supply and Lee Office supply donated printing materials.
Reach Mary O. Esparza, at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.