Urban League Offers Free Tax Preparation Services For Qualified Taxpayers

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga along with the IRS will offer free tax preparation services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to qualified taxpayers. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a free community program that serves as a financial boost for low to moderate income individuals and families.

This year, VITA has fourteen tax preparation sites conveniently located throughout the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County area.  Each site will prepare and electronically file personal taxes for individuals and/or families that earned up to $51,000 last year at no cost.  The Eastgate tax preparation site is one of the first to open on Wednesday, January 22 to the public. 

“We offer this free service so that taxpayers will receive all of their refund and avoid exorbitant fees associated with paid preparers and rapid refund facilities,” said Warren E. Logan, Jr., President and CEO.  “For the last six years VITA has helped thousands of teachers, police officers, city workers, managers, restaurant workers, small business owners and so many others with their personal taxes—VITA is just another way to help working Americans save money.”

Taxes are electronically filed and deposited directly into the taxpayer’s bank account.  Certified IRS volunteers also assist individuals with claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), worth up to $6,044 for 2013, at the time of filing. 

To find the nearest VITA site, hours of operation or schedule an appointment call the City’s 311, United Way’s 211 or the Urban League at 756-1762.



Healthcare Technology Firm Opens In Ooltewah

Local entrepreneur Ken Lowden has chosen Cambridge Square to launch his innovative healthcare technology and patient care company, MedX Services. MedX Services is a total medicine management company that was founded in January of 2018.  The service offers real time medicine adherence monitoring paired with a pharmacy home dispensing and concierge service. Initially, MedX ... (click for more)

Miller & Martin Attorney Doug Johnson Elected President Of U.S. Section Of FICPI

Miller & Martin announced Douglas Johnson, Of Counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, was elected president of the U.S. Section of the Fedération Internationalé des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle. His term will run through June 2020. Mr. Johnson is assuming the duties from President Andrew D. Meikle of Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP, whose term ends ... (click for more)

Red Bank Finalizes 20-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Red Bank commissioners voted Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget that includes a property tax increase. Mayor John Roberts said that along with the increase in both commercial and residential development, comes increased traffic. Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, including the secondary roads. The cost of paving these roads is $1 million. Money ... (click for more)

Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.   The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)