HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg held a luncheon Wednesday honoring this year's income tax partners.
Those honored at the luncheon were all of the volunteers who helped citizens of the area file their 2015 tax returns.
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.