Highland News Leader

IRS seek volunteer tax preparers in Madison County

The Internal Revenue Service and its community partners are looking for volunteers in Madison County who want to learn about taxes and help others by preparing federal income tax returns for free in 2016.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Volunteers are needed to provide free face-to-face tax preparation and electronic filing for qualified taxpayers. For more information, contact Russ Signorino with the Gateway EITC Community Coalition at314-539-4062 or rsignorino@gatewayeitc.org;

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. TCE specializes in answering questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. As part of the TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program during the filing season.

“Accounting experience is not required, but volunteers will need basic computer skills to complete the IRS Volunteer Program e-learning course,” said IRS spokesman Michael Devine. “Volunteers are asked to give at least four hours per week.”

Information about the IRS volunteer tax preparation programs is available onIRS.gov (keywords: Tax Volunteer).

Justin Dunning at jdunning@soill.org.