Volunteers Sought for 2019 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Board (WPWB) will once again offer its popular free tax preparation assistance to Westchester residents through a program called The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). VITA offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,500 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. To make sure it delivers maximum benefits, VITA relies on dedicated volunteers to assist with various tasks, including tax preparation, translation, call-center operations, and acting as greeters. Those who are considering becoming a volunteer are invited to attend one of four information sessions.
Information Sessions as follows:
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, White Plains Career Center, 120 Bloomingdale Road, NY, 6 pm –7:30:pm
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, White Plains Career Center, 120 Bloomingdale Road, NY, 6 pm –7:30:pm
November 14, 2018, White Plains Career Center, 120 Bloomingdale Road, NY, 6 pm –7:30:pm
December 5, 2018, Mount Vernon Career Center, One Mount Vernon Place, Mount Vernon, NY, 6 pm –7:30:pm
For more information about the process for becoming a volunteer, contact Victor Avendano at (914) 995-3924 or email@example.com. Or, you may register online directly >
The WPWDB VITA Program is looking for people of all professional backgrounds and experience levels to help administer the program for the upcoming tax season. All tax assistance is provided at no cost and as such, VITA relies on dedicated volunteers to assist with various tasks, including tax preparation, translation, call-center operations, and acting as greeters. Help is needed at sites in Dobbs Ferry, Mount Vernon, Valhalla, White Plains, and Yonkers. No previous experience is required, and hours are flexible, averaging three to four hours per week.
Training and certification for volunteer tax preparers are offered free and are sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Individuals who complete the tax prep training and pass the tax prep test will be certified volunteer tax preparers. Once registered, volunteers are required to attend one of two training sessions to be held in January (date to be determined). Not all volunteer positions require training.
The VITA training is a combination of self-study, online training, and in-class training. After completing the training, participants will need to take and pass the open-book online test for certification. All volunteers are covered by the Volunteer Protection Act.
Tax preparation services are offered from February 1st until Tax Deadline Day. Since its inception, VITA has been a vital service for those living paycheck to paycheck or with fixed incomes. All assistance is provided at no cost, and on top of EITC savings (maximum of $6,318), clients often discover that they are eligible for additional credits, such as the Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.