United Way is looking for volunteers to provide free tax preparation services at the Marshall County Senior Center beginning February 5, 2020, as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program.
VITA volunteers offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2019. Volunteers also help qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year. Many volunteers begin with no previous tax experience. Throughout Middle Tennessee last year, VITA volunteers completed 14,750 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $3.9 million in tax preparation fees and bringing more than $20 million in federal refunds back to the community. For the 2018 tax year, the average gross income of residents receiving VITA tax services in Marshall County was $24,451. In 2019, VITA volunteers completed 106 returns in Marshall County. The site is open February 5 through April 15, 2020. Volunteers may visit www.volunteerforvita.org or contact VITA@uwmn.org to register for orientation and trainings.
All volunteers will receive classroom training by IRS-certified instructors. First-year volunteers usually start with a one-hour orientation and a seven-hour tax law class. Returning volunteers or individuals with tax preparation experience usually attend the Tax Law Training. Tax professionals (CPAs, CFPs and enrolled agents) may earn up to 18 continuing education credits.
In 2020, United Way is partnering to operate 24 VITA sites throughout Middle Tennessee, including the Marshall County Senior Center located at 230 College St., Ste. 140, Lewisburg, TN 37091. Residents can find the nearest VITA site in their community and more information about the program by visiting UnitedWayFileFree.com or through United Way’s 211 Helpline by texting their ZIP code to 898211.