Tax season is fast approaching, and that means the United Way of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties is putting the final pieces together for its free tax preparation clinics.
Instead of crunching the numbers yourself, the United Way can E-File your state and federal tax return for you. But before the clinics begin, around thirty volunteers will be needed. While taxes may seem cumbersome and convoluted, community impact coordinator Amy Davis says the computer program volunteers will use makes E-Filing very simple.
"We simply ask that you’re 18 years or older, that you’re comfortable with a computer, especially on-line, to be able to navigate the software, that you can answer the questions, and that you’re good with people." Davis said.
Volunteers are needed from the end of January through the end of March. Times, places, and appointments are already set up in advance.
"It’s important to stress that if you volunteer to do this, because it is a volunteer program you are not held liable for those taxes." explained Davis. "So if their is a mistake made on a return, they come back into the office and we can adjust it and re-send, but we do everything we can so there aren’t those kind of mistakes."
Over the past six years 3,000 returns have been completed for $2.2 million from the free tax preparation clinics. The clinics are only able to file simple tax returns.