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Free Help with Tax Returns Was Provided at MATC's Downtown Milwaukee and Oak Creek Campuses

April 16, 2015

Hundreds of taxpayers with a family income of $53,000 or less received free help preparing their 2014 basic personal income tax returns at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus and Oak Creek Campus this tax season. MATC accounting students provided the service in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. Volunteers were  trained by the Internal Revenue Service and supervised by MATC instructors and staff. MATC’s VITA sites were sponsored by Guaranty Bank.

All returns were e-filed to ensure speed and accuracy. This service has been provided at the Oak Creek Campus for 33 years and at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus for 13 years. The program heightens awareness of Wisconsin’s Homestead Credit; federal and state education credits; and the Earned Income Credit, an often overlooked federal tax break for low-income working people who are raising children in their homes.

This is the second year Guaranty Bank supported the MATC VITA program. “We were excited to partner with Milwaukee Area Technical College as they provided valuable support to the community during tax season,” said Nina Johnson, senior vice president of Guaranty Bank. “We partner with VITA organizations throughout our footprint because we believe that it is a great way to show how committed we are to the community. For more than 90 years, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting hardworking families. Our chairman, Gerald Levy, and CEO, Doug Levy, have always reinforced the importance of community in light of the bank's mission.  Guaranty's dedication to helping customers achieve their financial dreams is demonstrated through a wide array of products such as our latest innovative solution, “Credit Builder,” a $1,000 loan and savings product that is used to help customers build and repair their credit scores. We were proud to support MATC's VITA initiative and provide their clients with solutions that strengthen their overall credit rating.”   

Guaranty operates more than 120 branches in five states including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois; and in Michigan and Georgia under the BestBank banner. As one of the top 10 supermarket banks in the country, Guaranty is firmly committed to serving hardworking families and providing customers with the most accessible and convenient banking experiences possible."