February 25, 2019
ABDC’s Volunteer Tax & Loan Program brought back over $9.3 million in tax refunds to rural residents
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – GCI, Alaska’s largest telecommunications and technology company, is partnering with the Alaska Business Development Center (ABDC) to bring tax assistance to underserved, low-income rural residents through the Volunteer Tax and Loan Program.
GCI provides financial support, phones and connectivity to dozens of program volunteers to help them provide tax assistance and education services to nearly 150 rural communities across Alaska. In 2018, the Volunteer Tax & Loan Program assisted in completing 6,400 current year tax returns, generating over $9.3 million in tax refunds for rural Alaskans. In addition to tax preparation and taxpayer education, the program also helps with IRS controversy issues to taxpayers who qualify, free of charge.
“This volunteer program has proven to be extremely helpful to our underserved rural partner communities,” said Michelle Kern, President, Alaska Business Development Center. “I cannot thank our volunteers enough for the work and training they have put into this program and for the many hours of service they have given. It is an amazing to see what this program has grown into over the past 20 plus years through the support of our community and business partners like GCI.”
The program recruited more than 100 volunteers in 2018 from professional entities, organizations and out-of-state universities. All volunteers undergo extensive tax preparation and/or taxpayer education training. GCI’s support gives program volunteers a communications lifeline back to the office and on-call tax experts as they work in some of Alaska’s most-difficult-to-reach communities.
The Volunteer Tax & Loan Program has been offering this service to rural Alaskans for over 20 years.
GCI is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Over the past 5 years, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations, like the Alaska Business Development Center. GCI provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2018, more than 660 GCI employees volunteered nearly 8,200 hours. For more information about how GCI supports organizations across Alaska, visit https://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.
GCI provides data, wireless, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.