United Way Seeks volunteers to assist in free tax preparation

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United Way of Indian River County is seeking volunteers to prepare tax returns for individuals and families with low to moderate incomes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This year, VITA will be offered as a “VALET VITA” service, there will be no face-to-face contact with clients.

VITA volunteers do more than prepare people’s taxes. They play a critical role in ensuring that low-income workers have access to valuable tax credits without paying any fees.

The benefits of becoming a VITA volunteer include; free IRS training and materials to help you develop a lifelong skill and build your resume; flexible dates and times convenient to your schedule; ongoing support; Continuing Education Credits for eligible volunteers; a Certificate of Recognition and Letter of Appreciation from the IRS at the end of the tax season; and the personal satisfaction you’ll gain from providing an important service to your community.

Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome. However, Spanish/English bilingual preparers, retirees, students, and individuals with experience in finance are highly encouraged to participate. The tax software guides you every step of the way and volunteers are protected under the Volunteer Protection Act.

Volunteers can start IRS-certification training immediately. All sessions are now virtual. Certified volunteers are required to commit to at least 4 to 8 hours a week from mid-January through April 2021. If you would like to volunteer or for more information, please fill out a volunteer application online at UnitedWayIRC.org or contact Eve Ballance at (772) 567-8900 ext. 120.

About United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today, while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website, UnitedWayIRC.org. 

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