You don’t need to know all the tax laws or even be great at math. You do need to be willing to give up a few hours a week.
The United Way of Perry, Muskingum and Morgan Counties is looking for volunteers to prepare taxes as part of their free income tax preparation. Volunteers will help families to e-file both federal and state income taxes free of charge. This year they’re looking for around 25 people to help out.
"You get to meet new people. You get to hear their life stories and how the tax program is really helping them keep all of their money," said Financial Stability Partnership Coordinator Amy Davis. "They aren’t having to pay to go somewhere. They don’t have to pay two, three hundred dollars to go somewhere else. That’s money they get to keep out of their pocket."
This year the program is connected through the VITA program through the Internal Revenue Service. This means that volunteer tax preparers will need to go through 8-10 hours of training. Training can be done online or at sessions help by the United Way. All tax counselors will be certified through the IRS.
"We do a couple soft quiet clinics the end of January where the volunteers will be able to sit down with a previous and experienced volunteer and work with the client so there is someone right there to answer questions and make sure they are doing everything ok," explained Davis.
The United Way also needs volunteer greeters for the tax clinics. These individuals won’t have to take the course work but will need to help fill out paperwork. Since the program is connected through the VITA program only those that qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit will have their taxes prepared.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Deborah Elliott at the United Way (740) 454-6872.