Are you looking for a way to help your community? Consider becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. There are more than 12,000 VITA/TCE sites across the nation.

These two programs assist seniors and individuals with low to moderate incomes, persons with disabilities and those for whom English is a second language.

As a volunteer, you’ll provide tax preparation service to taxpayers who do not have the ability to prepare their own tax returns. Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll receive specialized training from a certified VITA\TCE volunteer or from IRS employees. Some of the volunteer opportunities include being a greeter, a reviewer, a tax preparer and more. The hours are flexible, the free training is easy and the time commitment is minimal.

Taxpayers rely on VITA\TCE volunteers to provide free quality tax return preparation and assistance yearly. Last year, more than 87,000 volunteers at thousands of sites across the nation helped more than three million taxpayers with free tax preparation. Volunteering can be an exciting, educational and enjoyable experience. Think about becoming a volunteer and see what a difference it makes in your life as well as others. Can you say iVolunteer?

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, contact Brenda Mahoney-Ayres at Weston County Library or send an email to, including your contact information along with the city and state where you want to become a volunteer. A local IRS representative will contact you to direct you to the nearest organizations offering VITA or TCE.

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