About SPNA

The Sylvan Park Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is the collective community voice for addressing neighborhood issues such as zoning, security, beautification, traffic, metropolitan services, and environment.

SPNA members meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Senior Renaissance Center of Cohn Adult Learning Center at 4805 Park Avenue.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Tax preparation help and volunteering

The Nashville Wealth Building Alliance, a UnitedWay program, is offering free tax preparation for every Davidson County household that earns $40,000 or less this year. Here's why:
"Free tax preparation saves families money that could have been spent on high tax preparation fees or those high-interest 'rapid refund' loans. Our free tax sites (called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) ensure that filers receive asset-building guidance and claim all their eligible tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This tax season, the EITC will be as much as $4,536! Remarkably, the EITC rewards work, reduces welfare, and is the MOST effective anti-poverty program in America, lifting 1 out of every 6 children out of poverty. Yet, in Davidson County last year, $8 million in EITC funds were left unclaimed by eligible filers. Interested filers need only to dial 211 to find the VITA site nearest them."
NWBA is also looking for volunteers willing to serve as tax preparation volunteers. No tax knowledge or accounting is needed, and training sessions will be offered later this month and in January. A desire to learn and serve and basic computer knowledge are the only requirements for volunteering. You can volunteer for as little as two hours per week or as many as 40, depending on your availability.

More information is available on the NWBA Web site. Scroll down to the "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)" and "Volunteering for VITA" subheadings on the NWBA front page. If you would like to participate or need more information, call Rachel Freeze, NWBA Coordinator, at (615) 780-2444.


  1. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Thank you for posting this. I just saw your post. I appreciate you getting the word out!

    --Rachel Freeze, NWBA

  2. This sounds like a great service. You are quite welcome, Rachel!