The free service has been available over the past ten years for low-to-moderate income families in the Hattiesburg and Forrest county area as part of the mayor's Financial Education Initiative.
"It's the right thing to do to tell them thank you,” Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. “They don't get paid, they don't get a stipend, they just do it because they love the community and they love helping."
Ann Debolt, Tax Aid coordinator with AARP, said, "I don't think we would serve as many people as we without the support of the mayor."
The combined tax returns from the nearly 2,700 people who got the free tax service totaled over $2.1 million.