Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

The upcoming tax season is just a few months away.

Jackson County United Way will be partnering with the Jackson County Public Library to bring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to Jackson County residents.

VITA is a free, basic tax preparation program for individuals or families who generally make $53,000 or less. VITA focuses on serving people with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Since VITA’s beginning in 2010, 953 individuals have saved more than $1,125,000 in federal and state returns.

VITA volunteers help prepare and file basic federal income tax forms for eligible working individuals and/or families. No previous accounting or tax experience is needed to volunteer, and flexible training options are available.

All volunteers must complete online training and certification in advanced tax preparation. Once certified, volunteers will be available to serve at the Jackson County VITA site at the Seymour Library from late January through mid-April.

Volunteer positions include greeters, interpreters, tax preparers, quality reviewers and site coordinators.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer with the VITA program, contact Bonita Dobbs at 812-522-5450 or [email protected].