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Volunteer with VITA to help provide free income tax assistance for families

Posted Dec. 15, 2016

The City of Fort Worth is partnering with the United Way of Tarrant County to offer free income tax assistance for local families through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.

The VITA program targets qualifying low- to middle-income families and offers free tax assistance and income tax filing. VITA also offers additional financial education training on how to manage their finances by reducing debt and building assets.

The Fort Worth VITA program is seeking more than 400 volunteers to assist during the upcoming tax filing season, from late January to April 2017. Volunteers can get involved by becoming:

  • Greeters, who welcome and direct customers while overseeing sign-in.
  • Intake specialists, who ensure customers have the necessary documentation to complete their income tax return and help them complete the information in their VITA packet.
  • Interpreters, who provide free interpretation and translation services to customers not fluent in English, or customers who need additional assistance.
  • Tax preparers, who prepare simple tax returns and discuss the return with the customer after the quality review process is complete.

No prior qualification is required to be a VITA tax preparer, and VITA volunteers are not liable for mistakes, per the Volunteer Protection Act. A VITA staff person will be present with the volunteer at all times, and each tax return is reviewed before being submitted to the IRS.

Become a volunteer by visiting the VITA website.

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