MOUNTAINSIDE – Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? Do you like to help people? “The Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) Program,” said New Jersey’s IRS spokesperson Gregg Semanick. “The IRS is looking for volunteers to take part in VITA/TCE throughout New Jersey during the 2010 tax filing season.”
During the upcoming tax filing season, VITA/TCE volunteers, in community locations throughout the state, help prepare tax returns for older taxpayers, people with disabilities, non-English speaking individuals and other people who cannot afford professional assistance. Many of the volunteer sites offer free electronic filing. The IRS provides VITA/TCE volunteers with free instruction and all the materials needed to prepare basic income tax returns such as Forms 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040. Training for volunteers is generally held at convenient locations or on-line.
“These are great programs that help citizens meet their tax filing obligations. In New Jersey during the last tax filing season, 1,700 VITA/TCE volunteers assisted over 47,000 taxpayers at 320 volunteer sites in communities across the state,” Semanick said. “Who are these volunteers? They are people just like you – members of professional organizations, college students, law and accounting students, or members of other volunteer or community organizations.”
Although an accounting background is helpful, it is not required, but basic computer skills are necessary. Additionally, it will be helpful if you have been preparing your own tax returns and are familiar with tax forms and the aspects of electronic filing. The VITA/TCE Program also needs volunteers who are bilingual.
Volunteers are also needed to help in other aspects of the VITA/TCE Program such as organizing sites, instructing classes, reviewing returns prepared at the sites and publicity. If you have a skill and would like to help, VITA/TCE can find a way to involve you in the program. Local civic and fraternal organizations, educational institutions, churches and social groups can also sponsor VITA/TEC sites. Tax assistance generally is provided at schools, churches, malls, libraries and other convenient neighborhood locations.
Interested in becoming a VITA/TCE volunteer? Does your organization want to sponsor a site in your community? For more information or to get involved, contact Wanda Morgan of the Internal Revenue Service at 973-468-3268 or via email Wanda.D.Morgan@irs.gov .
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