PHOENIX ― The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program and the IRS are seeking community volunteers from all across New Mexico to provide free tax assistance to those who need help in filing their taxes.
Who volunteers? People like you to become a community tax volunteer and help in a variety of ways. Tax volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, set up and keep running computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns, manage the tax site and do quality review.
“The VITA and TCE programs need New Mexicans from across the state who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” IRS spokesperson, Liz Perea said. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, non-business tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.”
Free tax training is available online or it can be scheduled during the month (Jan. 2017). The training covers how to prepare basic individual income tax returns, both federal and state and how to file these returns electronically. Volunteer hours are flexible and the free tax help sites are located in near-by community centers, libraries, schools and other similar places.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO VOLUNTEER
To become a VITA or TCE community tax volunteer is easy to do and just takes a few minutes. Go to the IRS website, IRS.gov. Key into the search engine box located in the upper right hand corner, tax volunteers (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-tax-volunteers).