Volunteers sought for tax assistance

Jackson County United Way is seeking volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

The agency is gearing up to kick off the fifth Volunteer Income Tax Assistance season starting in late January. It needs volunteers to serve individuals and families with a household income of $52,000 or less.

Since the program began in Jackson County in 2010, more than 40 volunteers have helped file 569 tax returns in Jackson County. This volunteer service has brought in $781,612 in federal returns and $106,244 in state returns by the individuals who used the program.

The program needs 30 volunteers who will serve as tax preparers, greeters and site coordinators, program manager Bonita Dobbs said.

The volunteers should be available for at least four hours a week during the VITA tax season from Jan. 20 to April 11.

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