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Volunteers Needed to Provide Free Tax Help

October 27, 2011
The Maui Weekly

Last year, more than 400 Hawai'i residents gave back to their communities as volunteers who provided free tax services by preparing more than 18,000 federal and state individual income tax returns through the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs.

"The IRS and its partners are once again looking for volunteers that are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal income tax returns for free," said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. "Volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns for people with incomes $50,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help."

Anyone can be a volunteer; bilingual volunteers are particularly needed.

Volunteers can help in three separate capacities: return preparer, site coordinator (supervisor or manager) and greeter.

Training is usually held between November and January, and volunteers generally study online with Link & Learn Taxes to obtain certification. The Link & Learn program is an interactive course that teaches all of the basics needed to prepare simple income tax returns accurately for individuals. Classroom training may also be available. Once certified, volunteers spend as little as three to four hours per week volunteering between the months of February and April.

To volunteer, email

More information about the IRS volunteer tax preparation programs is available at (keywords: tax volunteer).



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