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Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session by quotes

Mesa VITA volunteers needed for training session

 

Source: VITA volunteers

Volunteer tax preparers are still needed in Mesa for a training session for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that begins Saturday January 19 at A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The only experience needed is the spirit of volunteerism! The IRS will provide free training and materials. Basic computer knowledge is a definite plus.

New volunteers will need 20 hours of training to prepare the basic 1040 tax returns and related schedules and know the eligibility rules for claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

 

The other classes are scheduled for January 23, 30 and 31 from 6 p.m. to 9

p.m. Returning volunteer tax preparers need 10 hours of self-study. There is also a need for other volunteers with the VITA program, including greeters, screeners and translators. All volunteers must attend an orientation session Saturday January 26 at the City of Mesa Utility Building, 640 N. Mesa Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon.

VITA offers free tax help to hard working community members who cannot prepare their own tax returns. VITA tax sites will be open in February, March and April at four locations in Mesa: Mesa Community College, Southern and Dobson Campus, Student Union, 1833 W. Southern Ave.; Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus, Acacia Village Computer Lab, 2305 N. Power Road; A New Leaf (MesaCAN), 635 E. Broadway and Mercy Housing Villas de Merced, Club House, 520 N. Mesa Drive.

For more information, contact Mesa Human Services Specialist Lisa Wilson at 480-644-5831 or

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) information from CIR
Updated January 2, 2008
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VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a program that provides free tax preparation to benefit individuals with low to moderate income, senior citizens, Non-English speaking persons, and individuals with disabilities. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns at conveniently located community and neighborhood locations. Returns are filed electronically resulting in fast refunds. All training and materials are provided free from the IRS.

Local VITA Impact

In Arizona, millions of EITC dollars were not collected by eligible families. In one hour, you can help a moderate or low-income family collect an average of $1,871 (to a maximum of $4,700) for things like meeting basic needs, purchasing a house or buying a car through your local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program!

Volunteers play a crucial role in EITC campaigns. Free tax preparation sites depend on volunteers and not only do they help working families get the credit(s) they deserve, but also save families the fee charged by professional tax preparers. Last year, volunteers returned more than $7 million impacting more than 10,000 hard working families.

Bill Austin
Scottsdale Job Network
AZhttp, Inc.

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