CAP Services needs volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
The programs offers free taxpayer assistance to low-income families.
“In this tough economy, it is more important than ever to help low-income households take advantage of tax credits that will help them have more disposable income,” said Mary Patoka, CAP’s CEO. “Last year, our VITA program helped 258 households in Waushara and Waupaca counties secure nearly $250,000 in income tax refunds. Those are dollars that flow back into our communities.”
These tax preparers will help low-income taxpayers file taxes and retain the maximum amount of refunds and credits due them.
The volunteers must complete and become certified – for free – in “Link ‘N Learn Taxes” online and participate in TaxWise Online software training, provided by CAP Services.
The locations will be at CAP Services on Tower Road in Waupaca, Fox Valley Technical College in Clintonville and at CAPsell Center in Wautoma.
Volunteers will commit between 40 and 45 hours to the program, including about 15 hours of online training, six hours of classroom training and between 20 and 25 hours at tax preparation sites.
The qualifications include basic computer skills, access to a computer for training and an aptitude for learning basic tax guidelines.
Volunteer tax preparer Robbie Secker, Weyauwega, finds the program rewarding and appreciates the value of helping clients prepare and file their tax returns at no charge to them.
“I like volunteering for VITA, because I enjoy giving back to the community and seeing a smile on taxpayers’ faces when I can tell them they have extra money coming,” Secker said.
To apply, contact Julie Sorenson by Dec. 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-647-0978.
CAP Services is the designated community action agency for Waupaca, Outagamie, Marquette, Portage and Waushara counties.