“[ESR’S TAX SERVICES HAVE] REALLY HELPED DEMISTIFY MY EXPERIENCES WITH TAXES OVERALL. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING HERE AND THAT HELPS EASE THE BURDEN FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME.” The Forsyth Free Tax initiative provides free tax preparation and filing for low to moderate income individuals and families in Forsyth C ount y. T his pr o gr a m is specifically salient in helping individuals and families take full advantage of the credits for which they qualify. For example, many households qualify for the Earned
credit, which often goes unclaimed, can average around $1,700 per refund, making a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families. Each client saves approximately an additional $250 by filing with Forsyth Free Tax, and nearly $6 million in refunds have been realized by clients this past tax season by using this service.
FORSYTH FREE TAX
Over 4,500 individuals are served through ESR’s collaboration with partners and funders. This collaboration is known as the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Engagement Committee. By offering 10 sites for free tax preparation, Forsyth Free Tax works to overcome transportation barriers to optimize accessibility. Volunteers come from