Both organizations provide free tax help to individuals and families with low to moderate income, seniors, those with disabilities and those who speak English as a second language.
Volunteers will be trained in tax law, on the use of tax software for electronically filing returns and to help determine if a taxpayer is eligible for deductions, allowable expenses and credits. In order to prepare tax returns, a volunteer must pass a competency test. Those who do not pass the test can still volunteer to welcome taxpayers while providing initial forms and answering general questions.
There is no formal commitment by taking the tax training. Volunteers are asked to donate a few hours of their time one to two days per week during the tax season. Volunteer sites are also needed to host the free tax help.
Submitted by: Bill Brunson, Internal Revenue Service Media Relations
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