Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Jackson County United Way will be partnering with the Jackson County Public Library to bring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to Jackson County residents.

The free basic tax preparation program is for individuals or families who generally make $53,000 or less. It focuses on serving people with disabilities, the elderly and those with limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Since the program’s beginning in 2010, 1,136 individuals have saved more than $1,317,166 in federal and state returns.

VITA volunteers help prepare and file basic federal income tax forms for eligible working individuals and/or families. No previous accounting or tax experience is needed to volunteer, and flexible training options are available.

All volunteers must complete online training and certification in advanced tax preparation. Once certified, volunteers will be available to serve at the Jackson County VITA site located at the Seymour Library from February through mid-April.

Volunteer positions include greeters, interpreters, tax preparers, quality reviewers and site coordinators.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer with the program, contact Bonita Dobbs at 812-522-5450 or bonita@jacsy.org.