The BEST (Building Economic Success Together) Coalition whose members include United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Pittsylvania County Community Action, Virginia Legal Aid Society, and Caswell County Senior Center. The grant will build financial literacy among low-income families in the region and increase the income of these families by expanding free tax preparation sites which will result in increased Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds. 

EITC provides families with additional income they can direct toward savings, education, debt reduction, or other important uses.

The Coalition will increase the economic base of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County; conduct outreach activities that reach low income clients; increase awareness of EITC availability and eligibility; increase awareness of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites; conduct classes to empower clients with the ability to e-file and gain EITC for themselves; educate people about how to develop a budget and save for future expenses; and increase awareness against predatory lenders and rapid anticipations loans for vulnerable populations.

For answers to frequently asked questions or for more information on volunteering, please check out the official BEST website, here.

The 2011 Tax season is fast approaching. Click here for a list of items to bring with you to the VITA Site to ensure your tax return is prepared efficiently.