Volunteer for SEVCA’s free tax assistance program

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VITA volunteers practicing tax prep skills. Photo provided.

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Southeastern Vermont Community Action and Granite United Way of New Hampshire will be working in partnership for the upcoming season to help lower to moderate income households by providing free tax preparation for lower income taxpayers for the 2019 tax filing season through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 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 Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at SEVCA’s main office, 91 Buck Drive, Westminster, Vt.

The 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 from Jan. 29 – April 15, 2019. Although prior tax preparation experience is not necessary, a commitment to training and certification is required. Training sessions will be held in Westminster during December and January and at your convenience using online IRS self-study training materials. Continuing onsite training and supervision is provided during the tax preparation season.

To learn how you can make a difference in your community by becoming a VITA volunteer, please contact Leslie Wood at lwood@sevca.org or 802-722-4575, ext. 199.

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