Town and Village

SEVCA recruits local tax prep volunteers

WESTMINSTER — Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) will provide free tax preparation for lower income taxpayers for the 2023–24 tax filing season through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

SEVCA is now recruiting volunteers to help as many families as possible claim the tax credits and refunds available to them. A volunteer orientation meeting will be held in the late fall at SEVCA's main office at 91 Buck Drive in Westminster.

VITA offers free tax help to people who are low to moderate income, persons with disabilities, elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free federal and state income tax return preparation with electronic filing.

SEVCA is looking for individuals who are willing and able to commit three to four hours per week, or even preferably a full day or more as necessary, from the last week in January until the April filing deadline. Although prior tax preparation experience is not necessary, a commitment to training and certification is required.

Training sessions with a certified VITA instructor will be held in Westminster beginning in early November. Online IRS self-study training materials will also be available. On-site training and supervision is provided once or twice a week during the tax preparation season by the SEVCA Tax Site Coordinator. If you do not wish to prepare taxes, there are other VITA volunteer roles available as well.

To learn more about becoming a VITA volunteer, contact Leslie Wood at [email protected] or 802-722-4575, ext. 1603.

This Town and Village item was submitted to The Commons.

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