Helping Families Keep More Hard-Earned Money

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PUBLISHED MARCH 31, 2018

On March 31, 2018, the bank partnered with United Way of Greater LA, East Los Angeles Community Corporation and the Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) event to help over 50 working families and individuals file their taxes.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs assist qualified low- and moderate-income families with refund filing and free tax preparation. As the largest anti-poverty program for working families, EITC brings billions of dollars in refunds to qualified taxpayers nationwide, helping to subsidize family income and further drive the local economy.

Our EWB associates volunteered their time to welcome families and review their preliminary paperwork as well as translate for Spanish-speaking individuals during the tax preparation process.

“The VITA program is run on volunteer power! Thanks to East West Bank employees, we’ve been able to help so many families and individuals keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Lizzy Paulson, Director of Engagement & Strategic Initiatives at United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Boyle Heights is located in a low-income tract of Los Angeles and for several of our employees this event was particularly meaningful. Silverlake Branch Manager Daniel Navarro shared, “This particular event means a lot to me because this is where my mom emigrated to and also where I grew up. Seeing East West Bank invest in my hometown through events like this gives me great honor and pride.”

Thank you to our many volunteers who helped make a direct impact in the lives of so many families and individuals at this VITA event.