Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
The VITA program is possible because of community volunteers who provide free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, the elderly, and those with disabilities.
Volunteers are needed for Chandler’s VITA Program as tax preparers, translators, screeners, greeters, and site coordinators. The volunteers will assist low- to moderate-income residents who cannot prepare their own state and federal income tax returns.
Chandler is making a special appeal for VITA volunteers in order to aid its residents in filing the forms necessary to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC allows low-income working individuals and families retain more of their earnings. The 2012 Tax Season was the most successful to date with fifty-eight volunteers who invested more than 3,000 hours preparing and filing personal tax returns for 1,287 residents, assisting them in claiming $1,543,651 in refunds.
New volunteers will complete a free instructor led Internal Revenue Service course in tax law starting on Saturday, January 4, 2014 for four weeks, at the Boys & Girls Club in Chandler. A self-paced online instruction is also available to new and returning volunteers. Volunteers then test for their certification level, and once certified, they are asked to volunteer at least one session per week at one of the six Chandler VITA sites. The sites will be open from January 30 to April 15, 2014. Volunteers are also able to earn professional continuing educational credits through this program.
Persons interested in volunteering can complete an online application on the City’s website, www.chandleraz.gov/communitydev, or contact Jeanne Bosarge with Chandler’s Community Development Division at 480-782-4358.
To volunteer for the VITA program, please click here.
VITA’s goal is to assist citizens who cannot afford to pay for tax preparation. The target population is families or individuals making $52,000 or less per year. If you have suffered a job loss or other financial hardship, the program is flexible and may be able to accommodate you. VITA sites can prepare most basic federal and state returns utilizing the 1040 and 1040EZ forms, and related schedules, such as A, B, & C-EZ.
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