Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Changes Lives
Kimberly's license to practice massage therapy required renewal just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Like so many, she lived with reduced income while on unemployment and waited for public safety measures to allow for workplaces to re-open. To save money, she sought the free service of the VITA program at Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) where a volunteer tax preparer filed her 2020 taxes as well the two previous seasons. The BCAC volunteer also made sure the Recovery Rebate was utilized to receive her stimulus payment. Using part of her tax return to pay for her massage therapy recertification license fee, Kimberly has since returned to work.