The Denham Springs-Walker Branch of the Livingston Parish Library was recognized May 23 as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site of the Year among locations offering tax assistance services in the capital area — the 10 parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

The branch received the award for a 52.8 percent increase in tax returns completed over last year, with only a 3.4 percent rejection rate, a news release said. The library’s Main Branch in Livingston also was cited for having the lowest reject rate of those locations. The award was presented at VITA’s annual year-end luncheon sponsored by the Capital Area United Way.

“This is an important service to our community that the library offers through its partnership with VITA,” Head of Adult Services Sarah Colombo said. “We could not do it without our dedicated volunteers who offer one-on-one tax preparation assistance each year and our hard-working staff who take care of scheduling and facilitating appointments.”

Livingston Parish Library partners with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program from January through April each year to offer free tax preparation services to patrons with low- or middle-range incomes. Participants bring all relevant tax filing documents, and volunteers fill out basic federal and state tax returns electronically at no charge. Three branches — Albany-Springfield, Denham Springs-Walker and the Main Branch — offer the service, which is by appointment.

All program volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service, the release said.