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Firstmark Credit Union, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Helps Area Families Complete Tax Returns and Save Money

An estimated $400,000 in refunds for San Antonio tax payers

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Firstmark Credit Union hosted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program over five days at the Culebra and Southwest Military branch locations. During that time, volunteers helped 163 families prepare and file their 2014 income taxes for an estimated $400,000 in refunds.

Firstmark Credit Union is pleased to make the VITA program available not only to our members, but also the community at large,” said Leon Ewing, President/CEO. “We saw a high turnout each day which validates the need for this kind of assistance.”
Through VITA, families who earned less than $60,000 during 2014 have free access to trained volunteers who can help make sure they are claiming important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Benefits like these can add up to significant savings.

“We are so happy to be partnering with Firstmark Credit Union,” said Sheila Anderson-Ruth, City of San Antonio, VITA Program Manager. “It is support from our community partners that help ensure we are able to reach and serve the people who need this help.”

About Firstmark Credit Union
Firstmark Credit Union provides financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Bexar County as well as education-related employees in Bexar County and the 11 surrounding counties; and their relatives. Established in 1932, the Credit Union has 14 locations serving more than 96,000 members and manages over $900 million in assets. For more information, go to firstmarkcu.org.