Since 2001, the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) has provided free tax services in the Louisville community and surrounding areas of Jefferson County. Through our Volunteer Income Assistance program (VITA) in partnership with the IRS we ensure that working families and individuals are maximizing their tax benefits, receiving quality tax preparation services, and gaining access to asset- building opportunities.
In conjunction with our many partners, we assist clients with maximizing the impact of their tax refunds and credits by providing access to deposit and savings accounts, financial education and other asset building products and services.
In Louisville over 80,000 families are eligible for roughly $34 million dollars from the Earned Income Tax Credit that goes unclaimed each year. We provide a free service alternative to the high cost of paid tax preparation services. Our goal is to ensure that everyone who qualifies can access an array of available tax credits including earned income, child, retirement savings and education, to name a few.
LABC serves individuals and families whose income is less than $53,000 a year. LABC has experienced tremendous growth in its free tax services over the past decade, from filing 635 returns in its first year of operation to filing 10,000 returns in the 2015 tax season. In addition to providing walk-in services at many locations from January through April, we also prepare tax returns and amendments from June through October by appointment at several sites. In its 12 years of service, LABC has provided free tax preparation assistance to over 85,000 filers, returning over $120 million in refunds and credits while saving taxpayers over $15 million in preparation fees.
LABC is a not-for-profit organization that is funded by grants and donations from Metro United Way, Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, Intuit and many additional corporations.