Non-profit Henrico provides free tax services to seniors in rural communities

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) – The Varina Center for Tax and Small Business Education (Varina Center) offers free tax preparation services to low-income seniors in the Varina District of Henrico County.

The nonprofit organization hosts the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for the Dorey Park Recreation Center on February 20, March 6, April 20, 27, and 10. The site will offer ride services for participants from Varina, Sandston and Highland Springs.

People 65 or older with an income of $57,000 or less are eligible.

Catina Downey, Chartered Accountant, founded the Varina Center during the pandemic to meet the needs of seniors and small businesses in rural communities in and around Varina.

“I was compelled to open the Varina Center for Tax & Small Business Education to help fill a void for members of our community,” Downey said. “As a CPA, I have seen firsthand the impact of changes to our tax laws since the start of the pandemic. Many seniors qualify, but are unfortunately unaware of the new benefits and deductions to which they are entitled. Our amazing volunteers guide them through the process and help them file complete tax returns to support their financial well-being.

Various studies, including one from the National Council on Aging, have found that minority seniors are more likely to experience a decline in their financial well-being since the start of the pandemic, exacerbating the economic disparities that have existed during the pandemic. most of their working years.

22% of Varina’s population are seniors and have a median household income of $52,000.

The Varina Center will host training programs for volunteer tax preparers, admissions specialists, document scanners, technology coordinators, marketing coordinators and translators. Interested seniors and volunteers can learn more at varinacenter.org.

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