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
residents of the South Plains become more financially self-sufficient. To
accomplish this goal, CCAV takes a multi-faceted approach which includes:
CCAV provides 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.
During the past 9 tax seasons, CCAV volunteers prepared a total
of more than 22,000 income tax returns for income-eligible residents of the
South Plains which resulted in refunds totaling more than $26 million.
Assuming each of these taxpayers would have paid $150 to have their tax returns
prepared, it is estimated that CCAV saved income-eligible taxpayers from paying
$3.3 million in unnecessary tax preparation and e-filing fees.
During the most recent tax season alone,
CCAV prepared 2,736 tax returns for taxpayers whose average income was $16,000.
|CCAV Board Members
||CCAV Advisory Members
|Steve Anderson, President
Randy Laycock, Vice-President
Cory Beth Davis, Secretary
Carmen Vige, Treasurer
Sandra Huston, Ph.D.
Vaughn James, Ph.D.
Robert Ricketts, Ph.D.