Hawaiian Nonprofit will Prepare Taxes for Free with Help from Statewide Tax Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 15, 2010

Hawaiian Nonprofit will Prepare Taxes for Free with Help from Statewide Tax Volunteers

Honolulu, Hawaii –The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), a local nonprofit, is recruiting volunteers to assist with the 2011 Tax Season.  In partnership with Hawaiian Community Assets and the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Home Lands Assembly, CNHA operates five Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the state to help families file their income taxes for FREE.  These families may claim Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits that can be as high as $5,666 in 2011.

“Historically, Hawaii residents leave $45 million dollars of unclaimed tax credits, on the table,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “By opening volunteer-run tax preparation sites across the state, we aim to help return the hard earned money back to working families. Last year, over 20 volunteers gave their time and knowledge to support the Campaign in a full range of capacities, ranging from tax preparation to data entry.  As the 2011 tax season creeps up, we really hope that volunteers will come out and assist at one of our statewide sites.”

“We are looking for volunteers to do tax preparation,” commented Kapu Gaison, CNHA Community Development Specialist.  “Experience is not necessary. We have all the resources to get you certified, and we try to make it as easy as possible by providing helpful staff in a comfortable environment. Plus, you will get to give back to the Hawaiian community and include ‘certified tax preparation’ on your resume.”

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites will begin free tax preparations in the first week of February 2011.  CNHA invites the community to take advantage of this service.

CNHA’s five VITA sites for the 2011 Tax Season are located in Kakaako and Waimanalo on Oahu, Anahola on Kauai, and Hilo and Pahoa on Hawaii Island.  To sign up to be a volunteer,  or to get your FREE tax preparation at a CNHA VITA site, contact Kapu Gaison at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642 or via email at info@hawaiiancouncil.org.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians.  For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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