PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix is looking for volunteers to help people with low and limited incomes file their taxes.
The city one Income Tax Help for Volunteers has helped Phoenix residents raise over $100 million over the past 18 years.
All kinds of volunteers are needed, including scanners to determine who is eligible for service and hostesses to help schedule appointments, not to mention tax preparers who are certified by the IRS.
“There are many personal and professional benefits to becoming a VITA volunteer,” said Julie Bordelon, VITA program coordinator.
“Our team members give back to the community, interact with people, make friends and network. You will learn new skills that can help you build your resume to get a job or advance your career. Plus, you’ll save money. If you become IRS certified, you will never have to pay someone else to do your taxes for you.
The VITA program has specifically requested bilingual volunteers who can provide assistance as interpreters.
Volunteers are asked to commit four hours a week from January to April when tax season ends.
Training to become IRS certified can take as little as 24 hours and other volunteers can complete the training in as little as eight hours.