Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tax Season Volunteers Needed, Free Training Provided

You can change lives, one return at a time.

This tax season you can be a part of a tremendous effort that brings over $9 million into the homes of DC’s low-income working families each year. How? By volunteering as a Tax Preparer or Savings Promoter with the DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign.

The Campaign is recruiting volunteer tax preparers to help low-income clients file their taxes and claim the credits that they deserve. Each tax return completed by a volunteer preparer can raise a low-income working family’s income by more than $6,000.

Other volunteers, known as Savings Promoters and SNAP (Food Stamp) Outreach Specialists, will help clients use their returns to move up the economic ladder by saving a portion of their refunds, enrolling in money management classes and credit counseling, and even applying for nutrition assistance.

Volunteers will receive free training and certification on Saturdays and/or weekday evenings in January: 12 total hours for Tax Preparers, and 4 hours for Savings Promoters and SNAP Outreach Specialists.

Volunteers then commit to one 3 to 4 hour session per week (primarily evenings and/or weekends) from late January through mid-April (10 weeks) at one of 11 tax sites throughout the Greater Washington, DC area.

For more information, visit the Campaign’s website or contact the DC EITC Campaign’s Volunteer Coordinator, Page Schindler Buchanan, at volunteer at dceitc dot org or call 202-419-1442 x106.

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