Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) partnered with Entergy Mississippi to provide tax preparation services during Super Tax Day, which was held on Saturday, February 9th.
Citizens who earned $55,000 or less in 2018, were able to get their tax returns prepared at no cost by volunteers who were trained and certified by the IRS. Customers who agreed to save part of their total refund at Super Tax Day event had an opportunity to win up to $50 in cash through a scratch off card promotion sponsored by Entergy, and their names were entered into a drawing for a $10,000 grand prize from the national Save Your Refund program.
“At Hinds County Human Resource Agency, our goal is to ensure that every opportunity we offer helps customers progress towards self-reliance,” said Kenn Cockrell, president and CEO of HCHRA. “The greatest benefit of Super Tax Day is that our customers received professional tax preparation without having to spend hundreds of dollars for the service. That’s more money they can keep in their pockets to manage their households and take care of other financial obligations.”
The response to Super Tax Day was tremendous. HCHRA reported that 71 customers had their tax returns completed on that day and the agency was able to accommodate 27 more the following week at their Central Office location. Income tax refunds for those customers totaled up to $286,596. Although, HCHRA has wrapped up its volunteer tax preparation services this year, anyone interested in receiving the services can call 2-1-1 for a list of other organizations that can provide the same great service at no cost.
Roger Lutrell, VP of Planning & Development for HCHRA, reviewing schedule to make sure customers are served as they arrive
David Knight, EVP for HCHRA, with Leyla Godsell of Entergy, welcome customers
Shiandra Luckett, VP for the Department of Family Opportunities, with Chelsea Luster, Associate VP of Head Start, provide information on HCHRA’s Head Start program