Volunteer in your community with free tax preparation

Special to The Mountain Advocate

Learn to Prepare Taxes and Make a Difference at the same time. How can you make a difference? Simple. Help your community in preparing taxes free of charge by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

You will receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Over 90,000 people said yes to making a difference during the 2015 filing season and prepared over 3.7 million returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

How does this program work? As a committed Tax Volunteer you’ll be assigned to work with a sponsoring organization, first to receive training and then to begin volunteering at a location in your community. Training is offered both online and in the classroom. Tax sites are generally open nights and weekends and the hours are flexible. You will be sure to find a volunteer site close to you.

Volunteers are needed to help taxpayers to prepare their tax returns in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs sponsored by KCEOC Community Action Partnership in the Knox, Laurel and Harlan county areas.

Volunteers provide free assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford professional tax help, particularly those who files basic returns. Volunteers assist those with special needs, including persons with disabilities, non-English speaking persons, and older taxpayers. Volunteers are trained using the Link & Learn an Internet Assess classroom provided by the IRS. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage and traveling expenses. Volunteers also are needed to help in other ways. Some volunteers help organize tax sites, while others may do publicity for a site. If you have a skill and would like to help, the KCEOC Community Action Partnership can find a way to involve you in the program. If you want to get involved and would like more information about the VITA Program, contact Brendia Moses at bmoses@kceoc.com or 606-546-3152 ext. 209.