For the fourth year, United Way of Porter County will be hosting the United
Way Regional Volunteer Centerís VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
program. A call has gone out again for volunteers to participate in the
program for the upcoming tax season.
The VITA volunteer season will kick off with an informational meeting on
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the United Way of Porter County
Community Room, 951 Eastport Centre Rd. (across and past Ivy Techís
Valparaiso Campus). Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering
should plan to attend.
VITA offers free tax preparation, e-filing and financial education for low
to moderate-income taxpayers living in Porter and LaPorte County. During the
2012/2013 tax season, VITA volunteers helped more than 300 people prepare
and electronically file their taxes - both federal and state - saving them
thousands of dollars in preparation costs.
The free VITA tax preparation service is available to taxpayers whose
adjusted gross income is $51,000 or less (2012 limitation), the elderly and
disabled. Tax preparation through VITA is offered from late January to
mid-April. During the approximate 75-day tax preparation period, certified
volunteers are asked to contribute any hours they can.
The United Way Regional Volunteer Center is asking fellow community members
to make an impact during the upcoming tax season by becoming an
IRS-Certified VITA Volunteer. No prior tax preparation experience is
Volunteer tax preparers learn valuable resume-building skills, receive free
training and IRS certification, can choose their own hours to volunteer and
serve other community members by giving back the knowledge they learn.
The certification requirements for the 2014 tax year have been streamlined
by the IRS. Training courses have been reduced to two: Basic and Advanced.
For new preparers, only the Basic course completion is necessary. Returning
volunteers will be able to take only the Advanced program to be certified
for most of the tax preparation requirements that fall within the scope of
the entire VITA program.
All training and materials are free and will be accomplished both online and
with in-person training at the United Way office in Valparaiso.
For more information and to register for the meeting, call George Kuebler at
(219) 464-3583 x128 or visithttp://www.nwivolunteer.org/programs/volunteer-income-tax-assistance/
The VITA program is part of NWI A$$et Building Campaign -- a community based
partnership organized in 2003 with the mission to link financial awareness
and education, with tax preparation and asset building for low wage
taxpayers in and around Lake and surrounding counties.