Volunteers needed to help residents with tax filing
Aug 31, 2014 | 474 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Looking for a different kind of volunteer work?

Volunteer to do taxes in 2015 for lower-income and elderly folks in your community.

Tax volunteers are needed to work at the free tax help sites in Cleveland. If you are interested, you will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help elderly and low- to middle-income people with their individual income tax returns.

More than 93,000 people said yes to helping out during the 2014 tax filing season. They prepared more than 3.6 million returns at thousands of free tax sites nationwide.

Volunteers participate in training sessions — in class, online, and through self-study — and then are tested and certified by the IRS to prepare taxes. Once certified, volunteers are assigned to work with more experienced volunteers.

Volunteers are trained to use a computer to prepare simple to moderate income tax returns — a skill that can help them with doing their own taxes. In return, volunteers are asked to spend at least four hours a week helping at a site from mid-January through April 15.

Volunteers need not have any accounting experience. All that is required is a desire to help others who can’t prepare their own basic returns or can’t afford to pay a tax preparer.

Training begins in October. For more information or to volunteer, contact Beverley Lindsey at the Cleveland city manager's office at 423-472-4551.