FRI is pleased and excited to announce that we are the recipients of a 2012 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Grant from the IRS. A letter received from the Department of the Treasury this past week informed us of funds being made available to strengthen and expand our VITA services for the coming 2012 filing season.

Over the past five years, FRI volunteers have helped prepare over 2,200 tax returns, resulting in over $3.5 million in refunds.

FRI volunteers have also provided over 900 families with financial literacy training, and is a Certifying ITIN Acceptance Agency.

As announced in our last issue of NewsFlash, we are now recruiting and preparing to train volunteers for this coming season.

Please email us ( to sign up if you’d like to volunteer for tax prep services to begin in January.

AND many thanks to IRS for all their support to the residents in our neighborhoods.