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LUM Tax Assistance – Tremendous Positive Impact


LUM Tax Assistance Volunteers Reflect & Celebrate


Each year, LUM offers FREE Income Tax Preparation Assistance for eligible, low-income households and individuals who reside in Tippecanoe County. The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for lunch at Walt’s Pub & Grill to reflect & celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • $906,444 – Total Refunds
  • $811,362 – Total Federal Refunds; $95,082 – Total State Refunds
  • 522 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $253,200 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $20,502 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Attending the celebratory lunch (pictured L to R) were Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Patti O’Callaghan; Andrea Schmidt; Rob Patrick; Ben Murphy, Tax Assistant Program director; and Ron Smith.


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Ben Murphy Returns to Seasonal Position


LUM Tax Assistance Director Starts Second Year

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The director of the LUM Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is a seasonal, part-time position. Ben Murphy returned to the role for his second year.

Originally from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Ben now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Alison, and son, Oliver. Ben earned a BS in Computer Graphics Technology and Management, both from Purdue University. At LUM, Ben also directed the 2016 Turkey Trot 5K Run. He also coordinates the Financial Peace University classes at St. Thomas Aquinas Center and is a Financial Coach.

Ben shares that “as a Financial Coach my goal in life is to serve people who have a desire to change their habits. By teaching people how to establish a budget, pay off debts, and change their spending behavior they can learn to save and invest in their future.” Ben is excited to return as the LUM Volunteer Income Tax Assistance director because he works with a wonderful team of volunteers who are committed to working with individuals in successfully filing their income tax returns. He stated that his goal is to “bring back as much tax relief as possible to the community — and give hope to people by showing them that they can change their lives starting today. One step at a time moves us toward a new future.”

He draws inspiration from the outdoors sharing that “seeing the beauty in nature reminds me of God’s presence in our world and revitalizes my spirit, mind, and body.” Ben enjoys hanging out with his family, playing and listening to music, reading self improvement books, listening to education podcast, watching movies, and running.

LUM is fortunate to have someone with Ben’s skills in charge of the LUM VITA program. If you wish to invest in the program or become a tax assistance volunteer, click the appropriate button below.


If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance program, click HERE.


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LUM Tax Assistance—Celebrates Success



The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for lunch at Lafayette Brewing Co. to celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • 552 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $877,327 – Total Federal Refunds; $102,067 – Total State Refunds
  • $979,394 – Total Refunds
  • $332,536 – Total in Earned Income Credit
  • $19,719 – Average Adjusted Gross Income

Attending the celebratory lunch (pictured L to R) were Ben Murphy (program director), Ann Pellegrino, Patti O’Callaghan, Linda Hicks, Ron Smith, Tricia Sembroski, Rob Patrick and Russell Clark.

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Tax Assistance Program, click HERE.


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LUM Tax Assistance—Successful 2017


The LUM Tax Assistance Program appointments have ended for the 2017 tax season. Just since January, the tax program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. As of today, the LUM tax assistance data is as follows:

  • 517 – Total Income Tax Returns Filed
  • $329,163 – Total Earned Income Credit
  • $19,435 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
  • $863,065 – Total Refund Amount

Each year LUM partners with the IRS to bring free, quality, tax return preparation services to hundreds in Tippecanoe County. LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers—like Russ—who make this program such a success each year. The 2017 LUM Tax Assistance Program was led by Ben Murphy.

 


Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns done professionally
  • Much of federal & state support for working families is offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

For more information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765.423.2691. To make an investment in the LUM Tax Assistance program and make a donation, click HERE.


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LUM VITA Program Update 2017


Each year LUM partners with the IRS to bring free, quality, tax return preparation services to hundreds in Tippecanoe County. Just since January, the LUM Tax Assistance Program has had a tremendous positive impact on our community. Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  • 392 – Total Income Tax Returns Filed
  • $275,629 – Total Earned Income Credit
  • $19,194 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
  • $789,727 – Total Refund Amount

Last year, 929 working families were served with an average return of $1,398.26 — and almost $1.3 million in refunds and tax credits were secured for local households — and back into our local economy.

LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this program such a success each year. The 2017 LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Ben Murphy, Pictured above from L to R: Gina Williams, Tax Intern; Patti O’Callaghan, Tax Volunteer, Ben Murphy; and Connie Decker, Tax Receptionist.


Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns done professionally
  • Much of federal & state support for working families is offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

For more information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765.423.2691. To make an investment in the LUM Tax Assistance program and make a donation, click HERE.


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Tax Assistance Program – In Full Swing


The LUM Office is buzzing with excitement– so it must be Tax Season. Each year LUM partners with the IRS to bring free, quality, tax return preparation services to hundreds in our community. In just four weeks, the LUM Tax Assistance Program already has some impressive statistics to share.



Some interesting statistics so far are as follows:

  • Total Income Tax Returns Filed – 197
  • Total Earned Income Credit – $197,776
  • Average Adjusted Gross Income – $18,670
  • Total Refund Amount – $513,568

Last year, 929 working families were served with an average return of $1,398.26 — and almost $1.3 million in refunds and tax credits were secured for local households — and back into our local economy.

 


Why is the LUM Tax Assistance Program so important?

  • Lower wage workers wouldn’t be able to afford having their tax returns done professionally
  • Much of federal & state support for working families is offered through tax code
  • If workers don’t file, significant tax credits will be left unclaimed
  • Refunds boost our local economy by increasing sales and creating jobs in retail

Joe Micon, LUM Executive Director stated,

Of all the wonderful services offered by LUM, there is none that has a greater positive impact on the children and families in our community than our tax assistance program.

The impact this money has upon local families cannot be understated. Over the past 15 years LUM has built a strong infrastructure of tax expertise, relationships with clients, information technology and a group of committed volunteers and donors who support this important program.


LUM would not be able to offer this service without the skilled, trained volunteers who make this important LUM program such a success each year. The 2017 LUM Tax Assistance Program is led by Ben Murphy (pictured above).

 

For more information on the LUM Tax Assistance Program or how YOU can volunteer, click HERE or call 765.423.2691. To make an investment in the LUM Tax Assistance program and make a donation, click HERE.


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Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at Lafayette Brewing Co. for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch.


Pictured are the staff who attended — seated: Linda Hicks, Tricia Sembroski & Gayle Koning; first standing row: Tiara Neal, Susan Brouillette, Clarinda Crawford & Gina Williams; back row: Joshua Holmes, Lafayetta Tellis, Ben Murphy, Pablo Malavenda & Paul McHaney

 

 

Meet the New LUM Tax Assistance Director


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Ben will oversee the LUM Tax Assistance Program.

He is originally from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Alison. Ben earned a BS in Computer Graphics Technology and Operations & Supply Chain Management, both from Purdue University. Currently he oversees the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run, coordinates the Financial Peace University classes at St. Thomas Aquinas Center and is working on becoming a Financial Coach for his long term career aspiration.

Ben loves running outdoors, hanging out with his wife, exploring nature and reading. He and his wife are active in the community and within their church, St. Ann’s Church. He also has volunteered with the LUM After School Program. Ben shared that he is “excited to use his financial background and experience to assist families in our community through the tax program at LUM.” LUM is fortunate to have someone with Ben’s skills in charge of the LUM Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

If you wish to volunteer with the LUM Tax Assistance program, click HERE.


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Meet the LUM “Seasonal” Staff


Cheryl Fowler Community Thanksgiving Celebration, program director


2015-10-01 Fowler_Cheryl 002 (2) (1280x1277)Cheryl is originally from Cincinnati where she met her husband Gary. They moved to Indianapolis in the mid-1980’s. Cheryl has lived in West Lafayette with Gary for 16 years and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. Cheryl graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a BS in Business/Marketing.

Cheryl and Gary have one daughter, Claire, and son-in-law, Stephen who live in St. Louis. She has served as a LUM board member since 2013, and has been on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee since 2014. Cheryl is the local coordinator for International Experience, a non-profit, high school student international exchange program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends—and loves tap dancing. This is Cheryl’s second year as program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration. She shared, “I am grateful to be a part of this event which provides a place for all to come together on Thanksgiving day for food and fellowship.”


Ben Murphy — Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, program director


2016-09-20-murphy-ben-002-2Ben is originally from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Alison. He earned a BS in Computer Graphics Technology and Operations & Supply Chain Management, both from Purdue University (West Lafayette). Ben loves running outdoors, hanging out with his wife, exploring nature and reading.

He and his wife are active in the community and within their church, St. Ann’s Church (Lafayette). He also has volunteered with the LUM After School Program. Ben shared that “knowing that the Turkey Trot will raise money for LUM to help children and families right here in our community” gives him pride. “Giving starts at home with our neighbors and local community, which can be powerful to help motivate individuals to change their position in life—and is what drives us to do great work in life.”


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Register for the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, click HERE

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