Making a Measurable Difference
Northwest Indiana Asset Building Campaign (NWI ABC) is a community based partnership organized in 2003. Its mission is to link financial awareness and education, with tax preparation and asset building for low wage earning taxpayers in Lake, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties. NWI ABC has seventeen non-profit, financial, and private partners.
NWI ABC is a group of committed community leaders who believe they have the power to change families and communities for the better. They truly care about long-range improvements in the lives of people. These are the common beliefs that motivate the work of the Campaign:
· Our residents need to avoid paying usury fees of tax preparers and refund anticipation loans
· Our families need to have bank accounts and basic understanding of money management to accomplish their financial goals.
· Our working families need to claim the Tax Credits they are entitled to.
Our communities need all the Federal Resources they can capture in order to support the economy, jobs, and redevelopment.
Each tax season, the Asset Building Campaign trains and supports volunteers who assist the program by filing free income taxes. ABC has hosted “Super Saturday” or “Wonderful Wednesday” events where multiple entities come together to prepare taxes and connect people with needed services.
For the 2015 tax season, the partners of NWI Asset Building Campaign prepared more than 2,400 federal tax returns yielding over $2 million in federal refunds. Nationally, the VITA program had over 90,000 volunteers to file over 3.7 million returns.
The Asset Building Coalition has helped over 2,000 working families receive money in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). This credit is a powerful anti-poverty measure that reduces the number of people in poverty. Nationwide, almost 27.5 million families received nearly $66.7 billion in EITC during the 2014 tax year.
Northwest Indiana Community Action serves as the fiscal agent and lead organization for the Asset Building Campaign for four counties.
Upcoming Events See Our Calendar for More:
November 16, 2016 from 6:00pm-7:00pm, 5265 Commerce Drive, Crown Point, IN. VITA Volunteer Kick-off. RSVP to Ms. Flores by 11/14/16
Earned Income Tax Awareness Day is January 27, 2017
Tax Season opens at most locations February 1, 2017. Volunteers welcome to apply and train any time. Volunteer Application available online or from Teri Flores (NWICA VITA Coordinator).
The IRS Official Tax filing deadline “Tax Day” is Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Money Smart Week April 22-29, 2017
Summer Tax Filing Season tentatively opens on June 1, 2017.
2016 VITA TAX Preparation Eligibility:
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 annually or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
What to Bring:
*Proof of identification (photo ID - license or state ID)
*Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
*An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
*Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
*Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
*Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
*Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
*Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
*A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
*Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check (the tax payer’s name must appear on the account)
*To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
*Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements, if applicable
Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable
We Can Only Succeed with Volunteers Like You!
As a volunteer tax preparer, you will be a part of a tremendous effort that brings over $1.7 million each year into the homes of low-income families and the local economy. This income boost helps families afford winter coats, pay utility bills and even save for homeownership.
For more information or a Volunteer to greet clients, link them to savings products and provide administrative support. Call Terri Flores 129-794-1829 x2430 or email email@example.com.