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Volunteer tax preparers sought for 2017 tax season; Program open house October 18

VALPARAISO, IN – The United Way of Porter County is seeking volunteers to help moderate-to-low income residents file their federal and state income taxes during the 2017 tax season.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, better known as VITA, is a partnership with the IRS to provide free income tax filing services to qualified individuals with household income of less than $54,000. Volunteers are certified by the IRS to provide free basic income tax return preparation to make sure individuals claim all special tax credits for which they may qualify. Credits include Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. 
“As a volunteer tax preparer, you directly impact the lives of so many,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “By providing this free service to the elderly and young families, it helps them to make ends meet that would not have been possible otherwise.”
From late January through the April tax filing deadline, volunteer commitment averages from three to five hours per week. Volunteer opportunities include greeter, appointment scheduler, tax preparer and quality reviewer. Individuals interested in being a tax preparer or quality reviewer will receive free tax law training and materials. Training begins in early November. No experience is necessary. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to volunteer. Professional tax preparers may receive continuing education credits for service.
The community is invited to learn more at a public open house on Tuesday, October 18 at 5 p.m. This meeting will provide a good overview of the VITA program and its volunteer opportunities. There is no obligation to volunteer. The open house will be held at United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana. Click here for more information about the VITA program.

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