Thanks to our statewide partners,
11,474 low-income families received
free tax help in 2013
During the 2013 tax filing season, the Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI) prepared 11,758 tax returns for households earning less than $50,000. More than 450 volunteers at 81 locations helped households receive more than $16.2 million in federal refunds and avoid filing fees and expensive tax-time loan products.
None of this would be possible without the commitment of KASI partners that host tax sites, commit volunteer and staff time, assist with outreach, provide financial support, and make appointments. Please click
here for a complete list of our generous partners.
KASI is a statewide network, coordinated by KDVA, of six regional asset-building coalitions that aim to improve the economic well-being of lower-income families. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are central to this effort, and help the coalitions link families to other resources in their areas such as financial education, Bank On programs, credit counseling, and asset-building programs like Individual Development Accounts. More than a third (37%) of KASI tax filers were eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the federal government’s largest anti-poverty programs.
KDVA’s member programs are an integral part of KASI’s efforts, helping domestic violence survivors and other lower-income families navigate what can be a stressful time, but one that can result in the largest lump sum of money of the year. BRASS, Merryman House, Safe Harbor, and Bethany House each host VITA sites or filing days, and staff from Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program help coordinate the second busiest site in KASI, preparing more than 700 returns this year. The Center for Women & Families, Women’s Crisis Center, and DOVES all have program staff and/or AmeriCorps or VISTA members who are certified to prepare taxes.
KASI is coordinated by KDVA’s Economic Empowerment Project and is possible thanks to a grant from the Internal Revenue Service.