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Community volunteers needed in Texas to help prepare tax returns in 2019
By IRS
Jan 6, 2019
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Dallas --  The IRS is seeking volunteers to train for the upcoming filing season to provide free tax help. Working in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program can be rewarding while serving a vital role in your local community. No previous experience is required. 

“The IRS works closely with key partners that support and promote VITA and AARP Tax-Aide programs throughout Texas, like Foundation Communities Tax Centers, Goodwill Industries of Greater Dallas, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Greater Longview United Way, Wichita Falls North Side Community Center, NTC Baker/Ripley and the United Way of Jefferson County,” said Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman. 

The IRS VITA and TCE program offers free tax preparation to people with low-to-moderate income who need help preparing their own tax returns. This includes people with disabilities, senior citizens—and many sites are able to assist individuals for whom English is a second language. During the 2018 filing season, volunteers helped prepare over 3.5 million returns at thousands of volunteer tax sites nationwide. 

Volunteering can be exciting, educational and enjoyable. Here are a few good reasons to consider signing up to help: 

• No previous experience required

• IRS provides free online tax law training

• Tax Professionals (Enrolled Agents and Accountants) can earn CPE credits

• Flexible volunteer hours

• Various volunteer locations

Free training is available online with classroom style training generally offered November through January. The instruction and training materials cover how to prepare individual income tax returns, both federal and state, and how to file them electronically. Volunteer hours are flexible, and free tax help sites are normally located in places like community centers, libraries, schools and churches.

For additional information and next steps, submit your inquiry now using the VITA/TCE Volunteer and Partner Sign Up, and you will be one step closer to becoming a VITA or TCE tax volunteer. We will share your volunteer interest with sponsoring organizations in your area for follow-up contact.

If you have a desire to partner with us to sponsor or host a free tax preparation site in your area, you can also complete and submit the VITA/TCE Volunteer and Partner Sign Up, and we will be sure to follow-up on your inquiry.

For more information about volunteering for VITA/TCE, visit these websites below. Some direct email contact information with experienced volunteers is also provided:

 BakerRipley at www.BakerRipley.org  or volunteer interest emails may be sent to taxes@bakerRipley.org

 North Texas Area United Way, Inc.: http://ntauw.org

 Goodwill Industries of East Texas: http://goodwilleasttexas.com

 United Way of Tarrant County - Pennie Clayton: Pennie.Clayton@unitedwaytarrant.org

 Goodwill Industries of Central East Texas: www.lufkingoodwill.org

 Greater Longview United Way:  www.longviewunitedway.org

 Lydia Randle, The Fountain of Praise: mslydiadrandle@yahoo.com, www.tfop.org

 Rita Wiltz - Solution for Communities/Children’s Books on Wheels: rw2619@msn.com