Volunteers Needed for VITA Program

Press Release

The University of Missouri is looking for volunteers to provide free tax help for the 2021 tax season (2020 tax year) in Stone and Taney counties.

Jody LeMaster, Taney county VITA site coordinator, says, “Become a tax volunteer and make a difference in your community.”
The IRS sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program offers free tax help across the country for people with low-to-moderate incomes.

Here are five good reasons why you should consider becoming a VITA volunteer:
1. Flexible hours. We ask Volunteers to serve an average of four to six hours per week. Our program is usually open from the end of January through the tax filing deadline in April.

2. VITA sites are located in Branson, Hollister, Forsyth, Kimberling City, and Galena need your help.

3. No prior experience needed. You’ll receive specialized training and can serve in a variety of roles. If you are fluent in another language, you may be able to help those who speak that language.

4. Free tax law training and materials. Learn how to prepare basic tax returns and learn about all the tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers.

5. Continuing education credits for tax pros. Enrolled Agents and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn credits when volunteering as a VITA quality reviewer or tax return preparer.

6. There is always a site coordinator on hand to assist if you have questions.

As a volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people nationwide file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. Your help will make a difference. It’s people helping people. It’s that simple.
To find out more, call the University of Missouri Taney County Extension office at 417-5464431. If you’d like to become a volunteer, you will need to submit your volunteer application, which we are happy to mail to you.

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