Knoxville CAC offers free tax prep assistance for local families

Knoxville CAC offers free tax prep assistance for local families

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The completely free assistance, from preparation to filing, is conducted by professionally trained volunteers who walk the clients step by step through the sometimes confusing process. The completely free assistance, from preparation to filing, is conducted by professionally trained volunteers who walk the clients step by step through the sometimes confusing process.
"All the money that they receive back is their money," said Sue Campbell, management services director for CAC. "All the money that they receive back is their money," said Sue Campbell, management services director for CAC.
Campbell says providing the free tax service, which these families would otherwise have to pay for elsewhere, furthers that mission. Campbell says providing the free tax service, which these families would otherwise have to pay for elsewhere, furthers that mission.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With tax season now in full swing, a number of East Tennessee families got some major help Saturday filing their taxes.

It was all thanks to the free tax prep service offered by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee, or CAC.

Dozens of families turned out for the event, which the CAC has hosted for 14 years.

"All the money that they receive back is their money," said Sue Campbell, management services director for CAC.

The completely free assistance, from preparation to filing, is conducted by professionally trained volunteers who walk the clients step by step through the sometimes confusing process.

"We have volunteers who have given their time," said Campbell.

The CAC's mission is to help low to moderate income families in Knox County.

Campbell says providing the free tax service, which these families would otherwise have to pay for elsewhere, furthers that mission.

"Most of the people here are our clients. We want to continue to help them and this keeps their money in their pockets. That's important to us," said Campbell.

Clients like Tim Surrett of Knoxville come here every year.

"They got me back a lot more this year than I thought I was going to get back," said Surrett. "They're doing a good job. They're nice and they're friendly and they get the job done right."

He says the money he gets back, combined with not having to pay to get his taxes done, makes a huge difference in making ends meet.

"The stories are just incredible, when somebody gets back $6000 and they can take it and put a down payment on a house or they can buy a car because their car just broke down," said Campbell.

The CAC will be hosting the free event, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, every Saturday throughout the month of February.

If you plan on attending, the CAC says to bring your social security card, photo I.D., and all tax forms, including your W-2 and 1099 forms.

For more information, visit the CAC's website.

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