VITA Thank You!!



We are so PROUD and THANKFUL for the dedication and impact our VITA Volunteers have on our local economy.  Our volunteers work hard at assisting low-income families and seniors in preparing and filing their income tax returns.  Over 400 income tax returns were complete giving back over $500,000 to our local economy. 

VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that provides training to local volunteers to complete income tax returns for local citizens.  Each year these volunteers begin training in December and must pass certification tests before they are qualified to complete income tax returns.  This amounts to approximately 40 hours committed by each volunteer before tax season even opens. 

Local volunteers:  Steve Ekstrom provided quality review, expertise and preparation; Edwin Pickle, Bill Bain, Lisa Spann, Ginger Higgins, Joi Roberts, Kat Craft, and Ruth and Randy Evans certified to prepare returns; Doreen Cole, and Amber Musgrove became certified greeters and intake specialists; Bill Townsend provided IT Support, site set-up and tear down. 

Without these volunteers the people who look forward to their assistance would most likely end up at paid tax preparers. 

To become a Certified Volunteer Income Tax Preparer, or for other volunteer opportunities, contact your United Way of Lamar County, by email, telephone 903-784-6642, or visit our website at