Jan 14, 2021 12:17 AM

Second VITA volunteer meeting set for Thursday at SAUW

Posted Jan 14, 2021 12:17 AM
Image courtesy Salina Area United Way
Image courtesy Salina Area United Way

Millions of dollars in tax credits go unclaimed each year because people don't know they are eligible. You can help these individuals by volunteering through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Salina Area United Way.

VITA volunteers help people apply for Earned Income Tax Credits and other eligible tax credits. The program serves Saline County and the surrounding area.

More than 30 volunteers are needed. Volunteers will assist people with low-to-moderate incomes at the new location with the new process due to the pandemic. Flexible daytime, evening, and Saturday hours.

●Free tax preparer volunteer training is available online with in-person support.

●All VITA volunteers are IRS-certified and have on-going support at the VITA site.

●Volunteer positions include: Greeter, Screener, Tax Preparer, Quality Reviewer, and Site Coordinator

Individuals who participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program receive basic training and IRS Certification appropriate for their volunteer positions. Certification and training are through online resources on basic income tax law for federal and state returns. Self-study materials are online or hard copies may be picked up at the Salina Area United Way office.

The program brings a substantial amount of money back into Saline County. VITA volunteers help identify tax credits when preparing returns for a person making generally $56,000 or below. Make a difference for individuals, families, and the community, and volunteer with the VITA program!

All volunteer positions require training and obtaining certification.

The next VITA Volunteer Information Meeting will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Salina Area United Way, 113 North Seventh Street, Suite 201. KDHE and Health Department guidance will be followed for social distancing, masks, and sanitizing. Masks are required.

Can’t make the information meeting? Contact the Salina Area United Way at 785-827-1312 and ask for Brenda.