Volunteers Needed In Chattanooga To Help Local Residents With Tax Filing

Monday, August 25, 2014
Tax volunteers are needed to work at the free tax help sites in Chattanooga. Volunteers will be trained by Internal Revenue Service certified instructors to help elderly and low- to middle-income people with their individual income tax returns.
 
More than 93,000 people said yes to helping out during the 2014 tax filing season. They prepared more than 3.6 million returns at thousands of free tax sites nationwide.
 
Volunteers participate in training sessions — in class, online, and through self-study — and then are tested and certified by the IRS to prepare taxes.
Once certified, new volunteers are assigned to work with more experienced volunteers at various locations in the Chattanooga area.
 
Volunteers are trained to prepare simple income tax returns using tax software - a skill that can help them with doing their own taxes. In return, volunteers are asked to spend at least 4 hours a week helping at a site from mid-January through April 15.
 
Volunteers do not need to have any accounting experience. All that is required is a desire to help others who can’t prepare their own basic returns or can’t afford to pay a tax preparer.
 
Training begins in October. For more information or to volunteer, contact Val Palmer at 423-756-1762 at the Urban League or email her at vpalmer@epbfi.com.
 

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