Jun 12

Care Connection volunteers help return $854,000 in tax returns, rebates

Date: June 12, 2018 | Category: News

Volunteers for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program this year provided help to file claims and rebate applications for more than 1,500 people in the 13-county service area for Care Connection for Aging Services. Their work resulted in the return of more than $854,000 for seniors to spend in their local communities.
The TCE tax volunteers helped file 621 federal income tax returns, 621 state income tax returns and 928 claims for Missouri Property Tax Credit, also known as the Circuit Breaker, according to Kathy Ray-Smith, who directs the TCE Program for Care Connection.
The refunds and credits amounted to $854,635 that stayed in the local communities, Ray-Smith said.
“Most of those seniors say they use that money to pay a bill, make a home repair that may have been neglected, get some dental work, or make some other essential purchase not in their budget,” Ray-Smith said. “That’s just awesome.”
The program, which is based in senior centers, enlists volunteers who complete seniors’ income tax returns and Circuit Breaker claims free of charge. In 2018, staff members and 25 volunteers helped people at 18 sites in the service area.
In addition, the Internal Revenue Service, which partially funds the program through a grant, issued reports of 100 percent compliance after in-person monitoring at all the sites.
“Such feedback speaks to the high quality of work these volunteers have performed,” Ray-Smith said. “Many of our volunteers are retired tax professionals who now are giving back to the community. I cannot say enough good things about our volunteers.”
In all, the volunteers donated 1,603 hours to the program. The greatest participation came from six Hickory County volunteers, who contributed 611 hours at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland.
For more information or to see whether you might want to volunteer next year, call 1-800-748-7826 or email us at information@goaging.org.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit agency serving Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon counties. Its mission is to provide resources and services that empower people to create healthy aging experiences.
Here is a look by county at the amount of money reclaimed and returned in federal and state income tax and the Circuit Breaker property tax credit:
Bates $4455.
Benton $120,039
Cedar $24,305
Henry $91,002
Hickory $213,659
Johnson $192,666
Lafayette $57,077
Pettis $92,673
St. Clair $29,463
Saline $28,693
Vernon $693
No volunteers worked in Carroll or Chariton counties.