Starting in January, the United Way of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry counties will start their free tax clinics again, but they need the help of at least 35 volunteers to meet their goal of filing 560 individual tax returns.
"We’re looking for volunteers who are willing to take a couple hours every week and sit down with a client and assist them in putting their information into the tax software and then it’ll e-file your state and federal tax return absolutely free of charge," explained Community Impact Coordinator at United Way, Amy Davis.
Davis says you don’t have to be good at taxes and you don’t have to be good at math to be a volunteer. She says the web-based software used to file the electronic tax returns, actually calculates the information for you. All volunteers will go through an online training course before assisting clients with tax returns.
"This year starting in December, it’s actually going to be web-based training that a volunteer can do at their own pace, online. They’ll go to the benefit bank website and they’ll learn how to use the software, they’ll learn the very basics of taxes for that. And then once they finish that, they’ll be certified then to do the tax returns."
All volunteers need to be at least 18-years-old. For more information on becoming a volunteer, you can contact Amy at the United Way by calling 2-1-1.