United Way seeks volunteers to assist in free tax preparation

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United Way of Indian River County seeks 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 have hybrid services, including in-person and drop-off opportunities at 5 locations across Indian River County: United Way Center and United Against Poverty in Vero Beach, North Indian River County Library in Sebastian, and Fellsmere at Literary Services and the Fellsmere Community Enrichment Program.

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 tax preparation 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 essential service to your community.

Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome. Available positions include tax preparers, clerical assistants, greeters, and interpreters. Retirees, students looking for work experience, and individuals with accounting and finance knowledge 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 have the option to complete IRS certification training online or attend an in-person two-day training offered on January 21st and 22nd. Certified volunteers must commit to at least 4 to 8 hours a week from mid-January through April 2021. All VITA volunteers must attend orientation in January. If you would like to volunteer or for more information, please fill out a volunteer application online at www.UnitedWayIRC.org/VITA or contact Stacy Benezra 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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