OGDEN -- With just two weeks remaining in tax season, Bank of Utah volunteers are still providing free income tax preparation and advice for low-income families through Ogden's Cottages of Hope, 2724 Washington Blvd., Ogden.
This year, with help from the locally owned bank, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Cottages of Hope has reported completing about 960 tax returns and generating $1,584,185 in total tax refunds this season. This is 78 returns ahead of the 2010 effort.
"We have a great team of nine people from our bank staff who are selflessly working to help folks in need," said Scott Parkinson, Bank of Utah's senior vice president of retail banking.
"Together they have put in nearly 216 volunteer hours. "
Bank of Utah and Cottages of Hope estimate they have saved patrons nearly $172,980 in tax preparation fees, or an average of $180 per return for a paid preparer.