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Here’s how to become a community tax volunteer!

The IRS needs volunteers who want to help provide free tax preparation in communities across the nation during the 2019 tax season. It might seem far off, but people who want to volunteer can start taking action now.

Locally, the ACC sponsors the VITA Tax Assistance program.

It offers free tax help in Warren and Forest Counties for people with low-to-moderate incomes, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those who speak limited English. Last year, VITA and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) volunteers prepared more than 3.5 million federal tax returns for qualified taxpayers at no cost. Locally, VITA volunteers prepared over 1000 federal and state returns as well as hundreds of PA Rent and Property Tax Rebates.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the VITA program can visit the ACC or call us at 814-723-3237.

Here are reasons people become an IRS-certified VITA volunteer:

  • Flexible hours. Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week. The programs are usually open from mid-to-late-January through the tax filing deadline in April. Some sites are even open all year.
  • VITA sites are often nearby. More than 11,000 sites were set up in neighborhoods all over the country for 2018, locally we have sites at senior centers, libraries and municipal buildings. T
  • No prior experience needed. Volunteers receive specialized training and often serve in a variety of roles. VITA programs want volunteers of all backgrounds and ages
  • Free tax law training and materials. Volunteers receive training materials at no charge. The tax law training covers how to prepare basic federal tax returns electronically. The training also covers tax topics like deductions and credits.
  • Continuing education credits for tax pros. Enrolled agents and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn continuing education credits when volunteering as a VITA instructor, quality reviewer or tax return preparer.

More Information, call the ACC at 814-723-3237 or go online to visit the IRS.gov webiste for:

  • IRS Free Tax Return Preparation Programs
  • Link & Learn Taxes
  • Tax Topic 101: IRS Services – Volunteer Tax Assistance, Outreach Programs, and Identity Theft

IRS YouTube Videos:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Recruitment – English | Spanish | ASL

 

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