People looking for volunteer work have a different kind of option to consider – volunteering to do taxes for Bryan County residents during the upcoming tax season.
The Savannah Coastal Empire Asset Development Coalition is looking for volunteers to spend time learning about taxes. Volunteers will train to help people whose incomes are $55,000 or less with their federal and state individual income tax returns.
Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, participants will learn to prepare simple federal and state tax returns. In return, volunteers will be asked to donate about four hours per week helping at a VITA site from Jan. 17 through April 15.
All VITA sites use computers to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns. VITA can teach interested volunteers how to e-file tax returns. Volunteers do not need accounting experience, and there are positions available: greeter, preparer, translator and quality review.
All that’s required is a desire to help others who cannot prepare their basic tax returns or afford to pay a preparer. VITA volunteers participate in a short training session in class or through self-study, then they are tested on what they learned. Once certified, volunteers are assigned to VITA sites in neighborhood community centers, libraries, churches and in locations convenient to VITA customers.
For more information or to register to volunteer, go to www.csadc.net/volunteer or call the Neighborhood Improvement Association at 912-447-5577.