Volunteers needed for tax season

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News release from the United Way of Allen County:

Volunteers Needed for Tax Season

(October 19, 2011) – The Volunteer Center @ RSVP is seeking volunteers to help file tax returns for local residents who cannot prepare their basic tax returns or cannot afford to pay a preparer. Volunteers are essential in helping low-income residents file for tax credits that can help them pay less in taxes and therefore have more money for essentials such as rent, utilities, food and health care.
Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more should call RSVP @ Volunteer Center at 260.424.3505 or 888.219.6868 or email inforsvp@aol.com.

This year’s tax assistance program is being organized by the Financial Stability Partnership, led by United Way of Allen County and the Volunteer Center @ RSVP. Last year, the Financial Stability Partnership helped 1,587 low- and moderate-income residents file their returns. $2.5 million was returned to the community because of this.

Volunteers will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials that will help them file simple federal and Indiana tax returns. In return, volunteers will be asked to donate about four hours a week helping at tax assistance sites from January 28 through April 14, 2012. Computers are used to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns (e-file).

Training is provided during a short class session or through self-study. After the class or self-study, volunteers are tested on what they’ve learned and then certified. Once certified, volunteers are assigned to tax assistance sites at CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana), St. Mary’s Church, ARC or AWS. Day, evening and Saturday volunteer times are available.

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