SANTA ANA, California., June 11, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – This year, Optima Tax Relief partnered with the United Way and the IRS to provide free tax preparation services to low-income residents and other members of their community. 50 Optima employees have signed up for United Way of. registered Orange County, California and Mesa, Arizona to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program launched by the IRS to provide free tax preparation services to:
· People with disabilities
· Limited English speaking taxpayers
· People in general $ 57,000 or less per year
Christian Giandomenico, Optima’s director of tax preparation and one of the staff who volunteered for the program, said it was the inclusiveness of the program that made her enroll. “Quality tax preparation should be available to everyone, regardless of income or background,” she said. “Taxes can be complicated, and I couldn’t stand the thought that some people try to navigate complex situations without help just because they feel they can’t afford it. I was inspired to know the program serves “over 3 million taxpayers annually $ 4 billion back to low-income communities. The first day I showed up and saw the different demographics; from students, the elderly, ESL people … I realized how much impact this was having. It was such an incredible sense of accomplishment. “
The free tax assistance of the VITA program is particularly advantageous for people aged 60 and over, as it specializes in questions of old-age provision and other senior-specific questions of old-age provision. Many of the community members who would qualify for the program are retirees affiliated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
Giandomenico found the specialized support for seniors to be the most rewarding part of the program. “I never realized how many seniors try to pay their taxes themselves. They have been paying their taxes the same way for decades, and now that they are retired they don’t always know what has changed or what “new depreciation they qualify for,” she said. “The experience has been a great one heartwarming. We have been said ‘thank you’ countless times by individuals who came to collect their tax returns or needed help filling out tax forms. Some said, “You don’t know how much this helps me year after year.” “Without this program, you would never have prepared your taxes professionally.”
Optima CEO David King wasn’t surprised to learn how many of his employees have volunteered for the program. “We hire employees who are full of character in all facets of the company and then regularly reinforce this with all of our employees. The fact that all of these employees volunteer for this program really underscores the quality of the people we have in the Optima family. “
By partnering with the IRS, the VITA program is able to provide reliable, trustworthy tax filing services for free. Optima volunteers are all licensed tax advisors who are up to date with both federal tax laws and any new IRS updates, making them ideal candidates for the VITA program. The volunteers also received extensive IRS training to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.
“Each year, low-income residents lose millions of dollars in federal and state income California Tax refunds and credits they are entitled to and deserve. Our OC Free Tax Prep program helps these hard working people get more of their income, “said Susan B. Parks, President and CEO of Orange County United Way. “Many of these families are already facing financial difficulties and the pandemic has created even greater stresses. These tax refunds and credits will give a much-needed boost to paying for rent, groceries or medical expenses. “
Optima Tax Preparer Manager and participant in the VITA program Anne Tran said she would do the program again in the future if she had the opportunity. “I would do it every year if I could,” she said. “I love helping people and doing volunteer work. That’s why I joined the VITA team. Most of the people I’ve worked with were their first time getting a professional tax return. It was wonderful getting to know them and helping them get the greatest return possible. I met an elderly lady whose family dropped her off at the VITA office with the intention of picking her up in a few hours. When her family left, she found that they had forgotten to bring an important document. I offered to drive her home to get it so we could close her tax return. She was so happy and said ‘thank you’ all the time. It was such a rewarding experience. “
Optima’s top priority is to continue to work with the IRS to benefit both their community and individuals in the US by resolving unmanageable tax burdens and enabling their clients to have a better financial future.
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Optima Tax Relief is the country’s leading tax advisory firm helping individuals and businesses grappling with unmanageable IRS and government tax debts. Optima’s commitment to unparalleled service and results has transformed the tax processing industry and earned the company numerous awards, including the Better Business Bureau of’s Torch Award for Ethics San Diego, orange and Imperial Counties, and OneOC’s Civic 50. Optima offers clients over $ 1 billion in tax debt and helps clients achieve a better financial future by making their tax affairs a thing of the past.
Brent Rickles, Optima Tax Relief, +1 (800) 536-0734, firstname.lastname@example.org
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