VITA Site - http://www.freetaxeselpaso.org/

Coalition for Family Economic Progress - Building Strong Families for El Paso's Future
http://www.freetaxeselpaso.org/

El Paso Affordable Housing directs the Coalition for Family Economic Progress (CFEP), which operates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. The VITA Program provides low-to-moderate-income taxpayers with free income tax preparation..

After working two years the fledgling El Paso County VITA Tax Coalition, the IRS asked the AHCUSO to co-found with it, and a couple of other partners, the El Paso Coalition for Family Economic Progress (CFEP) since 2005, EPAH has coordinated and managed the CFEP since then. It is a coalition of 16 core non-profit organizations and government agencies that deliver the VITA free tax preparation services to El Paso County. Below is a history of its performance.

Tax Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total
# Returns
42
76
208
178
589
692
895
1152
3832
Total Refunds
$30,978
$108,226
$350,058
$353,478
$653,134
$1,349,249
$1,769,279
$2,561,313
$7,175,715
Est. Savings to taxpayers*
$8,694
$15,732
$43,056
$36,846
$135.470
$200,68018
$185,265
$238,464
$864,207
*Est. cost of Tax Prep.with Schedules & RAL fees =$207

Of these sites 16 were coordinated and directly managed by El Paso Affordable Housing and 12 were managed by AARP. For the 2010-2011 tax year, the 16 El Paso Affordable Housing coordinated sites totaled 5,200 returns prepared and AARP totaled 3,816 returns prepared:.

Tax Year
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011
2012 Total
# Returns
5186
7311
7755
8533
12090
9200
8785
9016
5319
5996
79191
Total Refunds
$4.4 MM
$4.5 MM
$9.5 MM
$11.2 MM
$12.0 MM
$13.5 MM
$15.40 MM
$15.00 MM
$9.79 MM
$10.387 MM
$105.677 MM
Est. Savings to taxpayers*
$1,073,500
$1,513,377
$1,605,285
$1,766,331
$2,780,700
$2,668,000
$1,818,495
$1,866,312
$1,260,603
$1,421,052
$17,773,655
*Est. cost of Tax Prep.with Schedules & RAL fees =$207

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