Volunteers needed for Tempe Community Council’s VITA tax program

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Tempe Community Council’s VITA Tax Program is in need of volunteers for the 2020 tax season.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a free tax preparation service for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. Tempe Community Council operates a Tempe VITA supersite in partnership with the City of Tempe, Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Available volunteer positions include tax preparer, greeter, screener, quality reviewer and interpreter. 

Every hour volunteered brings $500 in federal refunds back to a low-income taxpayer. In 2018, Tempe’s VITA tax site volunteers gave more than 4,000 hours of their time preparing taxes for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, seniors and those with disabilities. Collectively, our volunteers served 2,123 taxpayers and prepared 2,154 federal and state tax returns all for free. 

Consider becoming a volunteer today. Free IRS online tax training certification is provided beginning mid-November. Additional classroom training and orientation is available in December and January 2020. All volunteers are asked to commit to at least 20 hours of volunteer service. Those who successfully complete the position requirements will receive a letter of recommendation and an IRS certificate of appreciation. 

Be part of making a difference and help those who need it most. 

“Volunteers are vital to offering free tax preparation services to all eligible Tempe taxpayers by helping them receive the tax credit and refunds they deserve,” said Diane Watkins, VITA program coordinator.

For more information about the tax program, visit www.tempecommunitycouncil.org. For more information about volunteer roles, contact Watkins at 480-858-2300 or [email protected]

About Tempe Community Council

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is a community-based nonprofit with a 47-year history of encouraging resident interaction and commitment to human services in Tempe. TCC brings our community together – including government, nonprofits, faith groups and residents – to provide support to Tempeans in need, plan for present and future needs, and build an enduring foundation.

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