Karen Davis of Pine Bluff is unemployed after losing the SAJ Distributors job she held last year. She's been struggling "to make ends meet," but found some relief Saturday with free tax-filing help through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center in Pine Bluff.

Karen Davis of Pine Bluff is unemployed after losing the SAJ Distributors job she held last year. She’s been struggling “to make ends meet,” but found some relief Saturday with free tax-filing help through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center in Pine Bluff.

More than 50 people took advantage of the offering, designed for people of low and moderate incomes, and supported by ICVR (Interested Citizens for Voter Registration).

“I got here about 20 minutes after it started and had to wait awhile to get in to see one of the tax experts for help, but everything was real speedy then,” said Davis. “The people involved in this really do a good job.”

Davis called VITA a “convenience” and “real lifesaver.”

“It’s especially helpful financially,” she said, “and it’s located in a convenient, easy-to-get-to location.

“I can’t afford to pay a big fee for a tax preparer. These folks do just as good a job or even better than anyone else and they don’t charge anything. I don’t know what I would do without this service.

“This is the fourth year I’ve used it and I’ve told others about the help VITA provides.”

“I’m happy that we support this program,” said ICVR Executive Director Rev. Jesse C. Tuner. “The tax service is a great benefit to low- and moderate-income folks, and it puts money in their pockets by getting them quick refunds and keeping them from having to pay for preparation services.”

Turner said Saturday’s event attracted people from throughout and beyond Jefferson County.

“We’ve had people from DeWitt, Stuttgart, Rison and elsewhere in Southeast Arkansas coming in,” said Turner.