The holidays are approaching, and that means tax season isn’t far behind.
Volunteers are needed in Cowley County by community organizations that partner with the Internal Revenue Service to provide free face-to-face tax preparation and electronic filing for qualified taxpayers.
According to the IRS, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $53,000 or less, people with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years or older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
Accounting experience is not required, but volunteers will need basic computer skills to complete the IRS Volunteer Program e-learning course.
For more information about being a volunteer in 2015, call the BE$T Coalition of South Central Kansas, at (316) 267-5111 ext. 4215.