Tax assistance volunteers needed
Region - posted Jan, 11 2013
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign for the first time this year, and the organization is recruiting 100 more volunteers for the upcoming tax season, bringing the total to 250. VITA offers free tax help for households with an annual income of less than $50,000. IRS-trained volunteers prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms at no charge, giving families access to the refunds and credits they’ve earned. This includes the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), available for lower-to-moderate wage earning families and worth an average of $2,240 nationally, and the Connecticut Earned Income Tax Credit (CT-EITC). Volunteers are vital to the program and prepare filers’ tax returns, complete paperwork, and manage the appointment calendar and walk-ins. Some requirements include: experience using computers, a positive attitude and a minimum commitment of one four-hour session per week between mid-January and April 15 following training. For more information, visit unitedwayinc.org/vitavolunteer. In mid-January, those who are eligible for the program can call 2-1-1 to set up a VITA appointment locally. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, multilingual information and referral hotline, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VITA sites are operated during convenient times, including weekends, and free tax assistance is also available in Spanish and Polish at some sites. Additionally, in partnership with United Way Worldwide and the Walmart Foundation, free tax filing for households with an income under $57,000 is available. Visit myfreetaxes.com/unitedway to file online. To sign up as a volunteer, contact Liz Buczynski at LBuczynski@unitedwayinc.org.