Volunteers needed for tax assistance 12.09

Written by David Green.

A year ago, 54 volunteers in Lenawee, Jackson and Hillsdale counties donated 3,200 hours to help 4,263 households file their 2008 taxes. This effort resulted in more than $4.9 million worth of returns across the tri-county area.

The Community Action Agency is looking for volunteers willing to help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

VITA provides free tax preparation to families and individuals whose annual household income is below $49,000. Volunteers are needed to greet and register taxpayers, file for tax credits and prepare returns, and to translate for clients who do not speak English. Volunteers receive free, IRS sanctioned instruction and training materials in January.

Volunteers are needed during the day, evenings and weekends and are encouraged to give between three and six hours a week during peak tax time in February.

“Getting involved with this program was one of the best things that could have happened to me,” said Lenawee County volunteer Brian Johnson. “Being able to help people get the returns they depend on every year and seeing their faces light up when I tell them the results is a very gratifying experience. I urge everyone to volunteer for this program and help make a difference in their community.”

For more information, contact the Lenawee County Community Action Agency by calling 800/438-1845 or visit the website at www.caajlh.org                  

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