With another tax season complete, United Way of Broome County and the Broome Department of Social Services (DSS) is pleased to announce that our VITA tax sites returned over $900,000 in tax refunds to local residents. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Free Tax Preparation) program provides free tax preparation for low- to mid-income households, with a special focus on tax credits often unclaimed by this population. VITA is the most successful antipoverty program operated by the IRS. This tax season, over 350 households turned to United Way and DSS for assistance; in total, $915,587 in tax refunds were processed, with an additional estimated savings of over $97,000 in tax prep costs to participants (based on IRS estimates). The VITA tax site at United Way and DSS was made possible by the efforts of 34 volunteer tax preparers, all students from Binghamton University. These students underwent a rigorous schedule of trainings and examinations to become IRS-certified, and ultimately contributed more than 3,200 volunteer hours over the course of the tax season. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of these volunteers, United Way hosted the student volunteers at the Broome County Library, Decker Room, Tuesday, April 18th and recognized the students for their hard-work and participation.