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2014 VITA Data

Volunteer Tax Preparers Helped Return Nearly $4 Billion to Low-Income Taxpayers Across the Nation

More than $3.89 billion in federal income taxes have been returned to those with modest wages as a result of free tax preparation services offered by IRS-certified volunteers in 2014. A new breakdown of national IRS data shows that tax preparers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites across the nation helped more than 3.2 million taxpayers make the most of their returns during the 2014 tax season. VITA programs offer lower-income taxpayers a free alternative to more costly, and often predatory, tax preparation services. VITA sites are IRS-sponsored and are closely monitored by the agency, giving them a far lower error rate than many self- and paid- tax preparation services.

More than $1.1 billion was returned to workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most powerful anti-poverty programs, yet one in every five workers eligible for the credit does not claim it. The IRS reports that those most likely to overlook their eligibility for the EITC include the elderly, workers with disabilities, grandparents raising children, English language learners and those living in remote areas. VITA sites help to raise awareness of the credit in their communities to ensure that every worker eligible for the EITC receives it and gets the correct amount.

The table below shows the state-level data. The data were obtained from Internal Revenue Service Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (IRS-SPEC) Office, Atlanta, GA, 2015. To view all of the data, click here.

  Total Federal Refund Amount Federal Accepted Returns EITC Returns Filed EITC Total Amount
  Total Federal Refund Amount Federal Accepted Returns EITC Returns Filed EITC Total Amount
National $3,895,122,032 3,221,515 733,966 $1,124,171,929
Alabama $51,072,823 38,496 8,991 $14,944,705
Alaska $20,322,684 13,321 3,228 $5,232,388
Arizona $97,153,280 85,441 17,521 $30,425,411
Arkansas $35,444,708 27,895 7,039 $11,313,649
California $329,401,587 282,127 70,390 $111,519,158
Colorado $70,390,316 52,097 13,684 $22,282,220
Connecticut $66,528,045 51,416 12,193 $18,162,556
Delaware $24,476,138 17,323 4,819 $8,304,053
District of Columbia $9,893,379 8,510 2,211 $2,683,519
Florida $221,950,622 199,728 33,721 $51,532,909
Georgia $87,121,087 68,976 14,876 $23,893,235
Hawaii $21,823,116 15,252 3,286 $5,646,982
Idaho $24,160,095 21,259 4,955 $7,480,894
Illinois $97,547,345 89,088 18,445 $25,241,897
Indiana $54,555,698 55,865 11,489 $13,715,075
Iowa $42,088,201 32,107 9,907 $13,528,838
Kansas $50,373,118 42,608 8,724 $12,055,810
Kentucky $83,404,989 55,129 14,916 $23,367,045
Louisiana $56,100,123 40,744 10,604 $18,601,554
Maine $22,743,731 20,583 4,398 $6,008,360
Maryland $60,446,364 51,323 9,587 $13,692,928
Massachusetts $76,922,263 64,021 15,839 $23,959,607
Michigan $74,841,676 92,304 19,115 $22,965,601
Minnesota $85,542,526 86,698 23,035 $29,522,413
Mississippi $38,443,309 24,242 7,710 $15,616,883
Missouri $70,267,873 68,972 13,643 $17,739,580
Montana $16,899,774 17,215 4,245 $5,515,365
Nebraska $32,174,387 22,146 5,572 $9,035,733
Nevada $28,459,406 24,680 4,345 $6,670,956
New Hampshire $19,132,462 15,250 3,000 $4,260,287
New Jersey $65,445,619 61,610 10,895 $14,252,394
New Mexico $46,015,345 42,676 10,576 $14,305,542
New York $262,706,485 218,818 59,321 $87,347,103
North Carolina $217,209,018 169,618 36,323 $59,699,663
North Dakota $12,441,784 8,597 2,321 $3,448,931
Ohio $132,765,332 122,415 22,852 $30,086,588
Oklahoma $55,768,116 44,371 10,762 $16,474,259
Oregon $60,088,266 54,993 12,486 $17,458,367
Pennsylvania $154,718,509 148,006 27,852 $40,651,781
Rhode Island $22,709,962 16,882 4,532 $7,370,598
South Carolina $49,847,626 43,401 10,242 $14,195,508
South Dakota $13,633,524 10,146 2,330 $3,613,368
Tennessee $73,611,604 54,313 12,571 $20,831,506
Texas $394,921,595 244,891 66,275 $126,558,886
Utah $34,042,696 23,860 5,995 $10,409,623
Vermont $7,874,504 8,620 1,867 $2,201,438
Virginia $110,972,717 86,304 17,855 $25,988,118
Washington $103,699,275 73,642 15,731 $26,321,587
West Virginia $36,394,353 29,926 6,353 $8,757,807
Wisconsin $61,518,876 65,615 14,155 $17,770,342
Wyoming $7,636,865 6,651 1,163 $1,468,809

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