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May 26, 2010
Tell Your Ohana Campaign
Brings in Over $391,000 in Tax Refunds
April 10
marked the deadline for filing tax returns, concluding the 2010
Tell Your OhanaCampaign
. A collaborative effort of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), HawaiianCommunity Assets (HCA), and the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) is
aprogram that provides free tax preparation services for qualified individuals and families at various VolunteerIncome Tax Assistance (VITA) sites across the state.
“CNHA launched the
Tell Your Ohana Campaign
to give local families a place where they could receive free,
quality tax preparation services,” said Napali Woode, CNHA Senior Vice President. “In 2007, over $5 billion in tax
refunds and credits went unclaimed! The Tell Your Ohana Campaign is helping
Hawaii’s families claim refundsand credits, so they can keep money in our local communities.”
 The 2010 Campaign featured 13 IRS certified volunteers who collectively prepared over 200 tax returns at sites inKakaako, Waimanalo, Paukukalo, and Hilo. Individuals and working families assisted through the Campaignreceived a total
of $391,538 in tax refunds statewide.
“It was great to have the support of our partners and volunteers in this effort to bring money back to our localeconomy,” says Rosalee Puaoi
, Coordinator for the Tell
Your Ohana Campaign
’s VITA sites. “In our second year,we have broken all of last year’s records and surpassed all of this year’s goals! 2010’s successes include recruiting
over 20 volunteers, speaking with over 300 tax payers about services, and returning over $187,000 in Earned
Income and Child Tax Credits!”
CNHA and its partners plan to provide free tax preparation services again next year. With this year’s campaign
successfully completed, CNHA will begin gearing up for next year, working with current volunteer tax preparersand recruiting additional ones to make the
Tell Your Ohana Campaign
an even greater success in 2011.
“We thank all those who made the Campaign possible, and we look forward to working with our partner 
s and
volunteers in the future,” sa
id Woode.CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital andtechnical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is toenhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of NativeHawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at info@hawaiiancouncil.org, or visit our website at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.

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