The IRS is looking for volunteers to help with its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.


The Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (VITA/TCE) Program.

IRS spokesperson Gregg Semanick explained that during the tax filing season, VITA/TCE volunteers, in community locations throughout the state, help prepare tax returns for older taxpayers, people with disabilities, non-English speaking individuals and other people who cannot afford professional assistance.

Many of the volunteer sites offer free electronic filing. The IRS provides VITA/TCE volunteers with free instruction and all the materials needed to prepare basic income tax returns such as Forms 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040. Training for volunteers is generally held at convenient locations or online.

"These are great programs that help citizens meet their tax filing obligations. In Delaware during the last tax filing season, about 500 VITA/TCE volunteers assisted nearly 15,000 taxpayers at volunteer sites in communities across the state," Semanick said.  

Volunteers are citizens of all backgrounds – members of professional organizations, college students, law and accounting students, or members of other volunteer or community organizations.

Although an accounting background is helpful, it is not required, but basic computer skills are necessary. Additionally, it will be helpful if you have been preparing your own tax returns and are familiar with tax forms and the aspects of electronic filing. The VITA/TCE Program also needs volunteers who are bilingual.
       
Volunteers are also needed to help in other aspects of the VITA/TCE Program such as organizing sites, instructing classes, reviewing returns prepared at the sites and publicity. If you have a skill and would like to help, the VITA/TCE Program can find a way to involve you. Local civic and fraternal organizations, educational institutions, churches and social groups can also sponsor VITA/TCE sites. Tax assistance generally is provided at schools, churches, malls, libraries and other convenient neighborhood locations.       
       
For more information or to get involved, call Justin Axelrod of the Internal Revenue Service at 302-286-1608 or via email justin.m.axelrod@irs.gov.