Volunteers needed to help people file tax returns

Published 9:42 am Monday, October 5, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Do you like helping people? Then the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program sponsored by the Financial Stability Partnership, A United Way Community Partner, may be just what you’re looking for.

The VITA Program helps hard working families get their taxes prepared for free and in the process make sure they are taking advantage of the many special credits and deductions they may qualify for. Volunteers will help individuals complete and electronically file their returns – all for free.

Who are these volunteers? People just like you — retired accountants, bookkeepers, college students, homemakers, members of volunteer or community organizations, and businessmen and women. You should be comfortable working on computers. Some experience with any type of tax preparation software is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteer Tax Preparers receive free instruction and all training and certification materials necessary to prepare basic income tax returns. Training is in the evenings over the course of a few weeks. Training begins soon so call or email today to get your application to volunteer.

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If you have a skill and would like to help, you can be involved in the VITA program. For more information about training or the VITA Program, contact Monica Donohoe at (304) 523-8929 ext. 6 or monica.donohoe@unitedwayrivercities.org.

United Way is focused on the building blocks for a better life — education, income and health. Everyone wins when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health. For more information about United Way contact 304. 523.8929 or log onto www.unitedwayrivercities.org.