Tax Preparation

Tax Preparation Volunteers Wished – Chico Enterprise File

OROVILLE – The African American Family and Cultural Center is seeking volunteers for its eighth annual Voluntary Income Tax Support Program.

The program, sponsored by the Internal Revue Service, trains volunteers in TaxSlayer, an income tax preparation program. Training and course curriculum are available online with an accompanying course book. Volunteers complete the curriculum and pass a test to become certified to help others prepare their taxes.

“This will be my eighth year. It’s not that hard to learn. I enjoy it. I enjoy meeting people and helping them get their taxes done for free. If they find out they are in debt, at least they haven’t paid $ 300 to find out more, and when they find out they get money back they go back really happy, ”said Cissy Smith, office coordinator.

Volunteers are asked to commit to devoting at least six hours per week of their time to the program during tax season. The free tax advisory service is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment and is welcome on Wednesdays from January 27th to April 15th.

“It’s mostly about learning the tax laws for simple tax returns – filing marriage together, filing as an individual. We don’t do any military, marriage, foreign or corporate taxes. It’s not that difficult, all you have to do is fill in the details. We have the service for all ages and we really help people, ”said Smith.

Free tax advice is available to all people with low to middle incomes who need tax assistance. For the past eight years, the AAFCC VITA program has helped more than 100 people annually prepare and file their taxes.

“It’s a popular service. We helped a lot of local people, but we also had people from Marysville and Shasta, ”said Smith.

With tax season approaching fast, the center hopes people will volunteer to become VITA program volunteers soon. There are no costs for volunteers for training, testing, or IRS certification.

“This program is really a way for people to help those who are disadvantaged or for whatever reason do not have the financial means to pay their taxes. We are only opening the center to become a beacon of hope during the tax season. I am currently also doing certification training. In this way, we serve the community we live in, ”said Tiffany McCarter, Executive Director.

For more information on volunteering for the VITA program or to schedule an appointment to get your taxes done, call 530-532-1205.

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