HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - On Tuesday Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree held an appreciation luncheon for all of the volunteers who assisted residents with free tax preparation.
The luncheon showed them the tax season results and the economic impact of a partnership with the AARP in the effort.
As part of the mayor's financial education initiative, these volunteers helped low to moderate income families with their tax returns.
"They come out to help us provide a service to those who really can't afford to go to a tax preparer, so they do it for free. But in turn we get over three and a half million dollars back into our community that can be turned over many, many times," said DuPree.
Nine tax preparation sites were utilized all over the Pine Belt. Three were in the city limits of Hattiesburg, one in Petal, one in Laurel, one in Lumberton, one in Purvis, one in Columbia and one in New Augusta.
The volunteers in conjunction with the AARP processed over 2,600 individual returns totaling up over $3,500,000.