March 6, 2018
ABDC’s Volunteer Tax & Loan Program brought back $8.6 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 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 2017, the Volunteer Tax & Loan Program assisted nearly 9,000 Alaskans – more than 1,400 of those over the age of 60 – generating $8.6 million in tax refunds. In addition to tax preparation and taxpayer education, the program also offers assistance with IRS controversy issues to taxpayers who qualify, free of charge.
“The services our volunteers provide to these communities is invaluable,” said Michelle Kern, President, Alaska Business Development Center. “Our volunteers are the reason this program has been such a success for so long, and we couldn’t make it happen without the support of our community and business partners, like GCI, that make it possible for us to deliver this service to those in need.”
The program recruited more than 100 volunteers in 2017 from professional entities, organizations and local 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 services to rural Alaskans for more than 20 years.
GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at http://www.gci.com