A Journey of Determination & Success
“It is clear that despite COVID-19 our program has been a success,”Josh Prokopy, the LUM Tax Assistance director
Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. LUM is proud of the Tax Assistance team for making it possible to continue offering this service during the pandemic.
Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:
- 242 – Income Tax Returns filed
- $338,856 – Federal Refunds
- $34,320 – State Refunds
- $373,176 – Total Refunds
- $21,176 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
- $68,016 – Federal – Earned Income Credit
- $5,048 – State – Earned Income Credit
- $73,064 – Total in Earned Income Credit
Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?
- Lower wage workers can’t afford to have their tax returns prepared professionally – or have limited access to technology to prepare their own
- Federal & state support for working families is often offered through tax code
- If individuals don’t file, significant tax credits and the Economic Impact Payments (AKA stimulus money) will be left unclaimed
- Refunds & stimulus money boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail
Josh also shared,
“It’s taken extra work, but our 16 volunteers were up to the challenge, and worked very hard under difficult conditions.”
This year the volunteers were James Binkley, Connie Decker, Kathy Hicks, Ai Ai Lau, Joan Marshall, Karen Marty, Nina Morgan, Patti O’Callaghan, Rob Patrick, Margaret Prokopy, Bharathi Raghothama, Carol Robicheaux, Andrea Schmidt, Tricia Sembroski, Barbara Sharkey, and Ron Smith.
Join us in THANKING these volunteers.