HASTINGS — Courtney Ziny at Barry County United Way has volunteered to help people with their taxes for 11 years and running.
Many low and middle income Michiganders might not be aware of the assistance that is available in the community.
Ziny spearheads the Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Barry County. However, the program is also available in other counties throughout the state.
She said the average Michigan tax return costs $150, but that's not the only money families are saving. In 2018, Barry County volunteers said they brought back $800,000.
"Oftentimes we're finding that people are not aware of the dollars that they have available," Ziny said.
Lani Forbes at Barry County United Way said the money allows families to be able to meet the needs of their household.
The statewide program is available to all households making $60,000 or less.
To sign up, call 211 anywhere in Michigan and you can schedule an appointment
The United Way also partners with a free do-it-yourself tax program.
MyFreeTaxes allows Michiganders to submit their taxes for free if their household income is $66,000 or less.
For more information or help using the program, contact your local United Way branch.