Sept. 25, 2012
-- Every year, United Way of St. Joseph County’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteers help community members prepare and file their taxes for free, helping them receive all the deductions and credits they are eligible for. Just last year, VITA helped over 1,500 people in St. Joseph, Marshall and Kosciusko Counties prepare and e-file their taxes, saving them thousands of dollars in preparation costs and in rapid refund loan fees.
United Way of St. Joseph County is requesting its fellow community members make an impact during tax season by becoming an IRS-Certified VITA Volunteer. Interested persons can become an IRS-Certified VITA Volunteer Preparer and learn how to help their friends and neighbors take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly, or choose from a list of volunteer opportunities that don’t involve preparing taxes. No prior tax preparation experience is necessary. All training and materials are free.
The VITA volunteer season will kick off with an open house on September 27, 2012, at 6 p.m. at United Way of St. Joseph County (3517 E Jefferson Blvd., South Bend IN 46615) to learn more about becoming an IRS-certified volunteer. Volunteers can work at one of the 18 sites in St. Joseph, Kosciusko, Marshall, LaPorte, and Elkhart and help hard working families keep their money in their pockets.
vita for more information about VITA and to view a list of open volunteer positions. Please fill out the volunteer interest form or contact Laura at 574.232.8201, ext. 248 or at lstringfellow@
VITA is a program of the Pro$perity Building Campaign Tax Team led by United Way of St. Joseph County. Through the Pro$perity Building Campaign, United Way is working to meet basic needs, build family support systems, increase income, build savings, and gain and sustain assets.
United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health. For more information about United Way of St. Joseph County, visit www.uwsjc.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @uwstjoecounty.