Pathfinder Homeownership Ctr. honors tax prep program helpers

Bill Horoho (left), a 10-year volunteer of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, holds the award he received at a recent dinner to honor volunteers. He is congratulated by Kristy Wall, HomeOwnership counselor and VITA coordinator.
Bill Horoho (left), a 10-year volunteer of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, holds the award he received at a recent dinner to honor volunteers. He is congratulated by Kristy Wall, HomeOwnership counselor and VITA coordinator.

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center recently held an appreciation dinner on April 24, honoring the volunteers who made the organization’s free tax preparation program a success.

More than 60 people attended the thank you celebration at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons. Bill Horoho was honored at the dinner for 10 years of service as a volunteer with VITA.

2019 was the 10th year for the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and 1,423 tax returns were completed free of charge with families qualifying and receiving over $358,956 in Earned Income Tax Credit and a total of over $1.4 million in tax refunds. The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, provides tax credits to working adults and families with low or moderate incomes. Money can be used to pay down debts, buy things families need, or can be saved for the future.

“This program could not exist without our dedicated volunteers. This tax season, over 980 hours of service were given thanks to our 56 volunteers. This is a wonderful service for community members in Huntington, North Manchester and Wabash,” stated Justin Barker, director for the Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center. “We estimate that we saved families a total of $250,448 in fees that they would have paid for tax preparation.”

The Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center acknowledged funders and sponsors of the free tax preparation program including NeighborWorks America, United Way of Huntington County, Rural LISC, PNC, Heartland REMC, Wabash County United Fund, and Intrasect Technologies. The Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Thomas Marshall Town Life Center in North Manchester also donated space for free tax preparation in Wabash.

To sign up to volunteer in 2020 or for more information on the Free Tax Preparation program, contact Kristy Wall at 355-2510 or via e-mail at kwall@pathfinderservices.org.