Volunteers needed for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Posted 11/22/21

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is seeking volunteer tax preparers ...

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Volunteers needed for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Volunteers Richard LaCivita and Deb Schuckman
Volunteers Richard LaCivita and Deb Schuckman
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LABELLE — The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is seeking volunteer tax preparers, interpreters, and greeters to help our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in LaBelle, Moore Haven and Clewiston during the 2022 tax season. With the support of trained, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers, VITA sites provide free tax preparation to individuals and families earning less than $66,000 per year throughout Hendry and Glades Counties.

Last year, 12 volunteers helped file more than 220 federal tax returns, making a $349,000 impact in federal tax refunds, tax prep fees saved and credits back to the local community through the United Way VITA program.

Volunteers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, though it is preferred that volunteers be comfortable working with a computer. There is a special need for bilingual Spanish speakers. Flexible hours are available January through April. Volunteers will receive specialized IRS certified training including learning how to prepare basic tax returns, using online tax preparation software, and learning about tax deductions and earned income tax credits that benefit eligible taxpayers. In addition, experienced agents, certified financial planners, and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn continuing education credits when volunteering as a VITA tax preparer.

“This past season was my rookie year and I am so impressed with the leadership, fellowship and professionalism of United Way VITA, said volunteer Kristi Hautman, “I so

appreciate the interaction with clients who are so grateful for the services provided by knowledgeable volunteers”.

“Dedicated and passionate volunteers are the key to the success of the United Way VITA program. VITA volunteers not only make a financial but also a social impact in the lives of people in our community,” said Patrice Cunningham, Volunteer Center Vice President. “Our volunteers truly enjoy the camaraderie of a like-minded group and tell us they look forward to returning each season”.

Join us for online orientations and training classes for new volunteers in December. Small, in person classes will be available as well. For tax professionals or experienced volunteers, an online training and certification tool is also available. Simply register online at https://unitedwaylee.org/vita-volunteer/, or contact Mary Meador at MaryM@UnitedWayLee.org 239.433.7206 for additional information.

The United Way Volunteer Center connects individuals and companies to volunteer opportunities throughout our community. You can reach the United Way Volunteer Center by calling (239) 433-7567, or by visiting the United Way website at UnitedWayLee.org/Volunteer.