WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) will provide free tax preparation for lower income taxpayers for the 2023-2024 tax filing season through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. SEVCA is now recruiting volunteers to help as many families as possible claim the tax credits and refunds available to them. A volunteer orientation meeting will be held in the late fall at SEVCA’s main office, 91 Buck Drive, Westminster, Vt.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who are low to moderate income, persons with disabilities, elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free federal and state income tax return preparation with electronic filing.
Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry – you’ll receive specialized training from a certified VITA instructor, plus IRS online courses. We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to commit three to four hours per week, or even preferably a full day or more as necessary, from the last week in January until the April filing deadline. Although prior tax preparation experience is not necessary, a commitment to training and certification is required. Training sessions will be held in Westminster, beginning in early November, and at your convenience using online IRS self-study training materials, as well as on-site training and supervision once or twice a week is provided during the tax preparation season by the SEVCA tax site coordinator. If you do not wish to prepare taxes, there are other VITA volunteer roles available as well.
To learn how you can make a difference in your community by becoming a VITA volunteer, contact Leslie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-722-4575, extension 1603.