The Coalition of Community Assistance Volunteers, Inc. (CCAV) is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created in 2002 to help low income
working families throughout the South Plains become more financially self-sufficient. To
accomplish this goal, CCAV takes a multi-faceted approach which includes:
FREE income tax preparation and
e-filing services through its Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA)
program. Volunteers are trained by CCAV and the IRS in order to
prepare income tax returns according to IRS guidelines. This enables
income-eligible persons to receive every penny of the refunds to which they
are legally entitled.
CCAV partners with other local non-profit organizations to
provide financial literacy workshops which educate tax refund recipients
about investing - rather than simply spending - their money in ways that
will help them become more financially self-sufficient.
CCAV partners with the Low Income Tax Clinic conducted by
Texas Tech University's School of Law. The Tax Clinic assists income
eligible persons with issues such as obtaining tax credits and/or refunds to
which they are entitled, but which others have received by inappropriately
claiming their children as dependents, etc.
Since 2002, CCAV volunteers have prepared more
than 30,000 income tax returns for income-eligible families resulting in refunds
totaling more than $36 million. Assuming each family would have paid $150 in
preparation, e-filing and/or "rapid refund" loan fees, they saved (and were able
to spend in their local communities) an additional $4.5 million.
During the most recent tax season,
CCAV assisted 3,277 families of limited wealth working in Lubbock and surrounding
communities. The following is a profile of the average family assisted by its 71
||age of primary taxpayer
||gross monthly income (40
hours/week at $7.92/hour)
||income tax refund
Based on average costs for housing, utility, food and transportation,
these families have less than $100 remaining each month to
cover all other expenses.
|CCAV Board Members
||CCAV Advisory Members
Randy Laycock, President
Josh Laird, Vice-President
Elma Moreno, Secretary
Debra Hedgcoth, Treasurer
Sandra Huston, Ph.D.
Cory Beth Davis
Robert Ricketts, Ph.D
Maria Bustamante, IRS
Ricardo Soto, IRS