Helping Florida Get Flexible Cash During a Pandemic

No one could expect the pandemic would threaten so many lives in the way it has, especially financially. Across South Florida, people are scrambling to find out how they can make ends meet during this crisis. In response, we at Code for South Florida felt like the action was needed. That is why we reached out to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) organizations who typically gave in-person support helping people get their tax return and stimulus check. Our collaboration, Refund Day hopes to act as a beacon for remote support as people file their taxes online by the extended federal deadline of July 15, 2020. 

Why Refund Day 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program with more than 30+ organizations supporting our community locally. The problem is this type of work happened in-person, and was often not coordinated through computers, phones, email, text, or other digital methods. Through our coalition with 3 founding organizations, we’re giving this work a facelift by teaming up with GetYourRefund.org to help people file their taxes online in Florida.

We call this coalition Refund Day, because many filers don’t realize they are eligible for a refund. GetYourRefund.org is a non-profit service built by Code for America in partnership with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationally. Code for South Florida is a non-profit technology organization dedicated to making government work for the people that need it most. As a strategic partner of Code for America, we are the first in their network to launch a coalition model with local VITA partners to launch this service in Florida.

Our  Partnership 

The Refund Day Coalition is dedicated to supporting online tax filing through GetYourRefund.org. We partnered with Code for America because of their secure, free, and reliable system. GetYourRefund.org and Code for South Florida joined forces to bring this online tax filing tool to South Florida and start a model that supports the 85-city network in maximizing the energy we as a community have to help people. This means offering feedback to build a better tool that can help people who speak different languages and have never filed their taxes online before. 

How It Works 

A user needing to file their taxes would visit the GetYourRefund.org site and follow the steps to enter the requested information or documents related to their taxes. They can then stop at any point and one of our tax specialists will reach out to them if they’re based in Florida. Our Coalition team is here to help filers every step of the way to make sure they provide all the right information. 

If you are interested in this service, start filling out your information today at GetYourRefund.org. Interested in becoming a partner for this service? Email us at team@codeforsouth.org and someone on our team will get you started.