Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Certified Volunteer Tax Preparer Job Description
These dedicated tax preparation volunteers donate their time to make sure those with limited incomes are able to complete tax returns in a timely fashion, enabling them to receive proper tax credits and refunds. Without volunteers providing this tax preparation service, many low income families would not have their taxes done due to the up-front expense of hiring an accountant. This is a challenging job, but the reward is great.
· After certification training, provide basic tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers.
· Volunteers will provide free, high quality service and uphold the highest of ethical standards to establish public trust.
· Attend new and/or refresher tax law training as needed, including training on the use of electronic filing software. (Approximately 10 - 20 hours of training is necessary to become certified.)
· Successfully pass a test on required tax law knowledge.
· Interview client regarding all income, deductions and allowable credit(s).
· Provide high-quality assistance to all taxpayers. Directly prepare taxpayer’s return based on information provided by taxpayer and answer tax related questions.
· Prepare only those tax returns for which training and certification were provided.
· Prepare tax returns using electronic filing software (wherever possible).
· Ensure no compensation of any kind is accepted for the volunteer services provided.
· Maintain confidentiality of client information.
· Ensure on-site quality review is performed on completed returns prior to being returned to customer.
· Ensure a copy of the completed return is provided to the taxpayer.
· Basic tax training and certification will be provided as needed. No prior tax preparation experience is necessary – just a desire to learn.
· Willingness to share time, skills, and interests. Consider volunteering a minimum of 2 to 4 hours a week for the Volunteer Tax Program from approximately mid-January through April 15.
· Basic computer skills for inputting tax return information.
· Work with the public in a helpful and supportive manner, including interviewing skills. Interviewing skills training will be provided as needed.
· Friendly, dependable, and flexible.
· Bilingual volunteers a plus.
Training: Saturday, November 23, 2013. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Central Georgia Technical College, Bldg K, Adult Education
If interested, contact Brandy Flynn (email@example.com) for more information
Living Well Workshops in GA
Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Managment Program
Do you or someone you care for suffer with any of the following symptoms?
Shortness of Breath
Living Well Workshops are for adults with any chronic condition or for caregivers of persons with chronic conditions. The participants learn tools to combat the symptoms mentioned above. They also learn techniques to better manage the twist and turns of life with chronic disease.
Workshops of only 10-20 participants meet once a week, for 6 weeks. These workshops are facilitated by 2-3 trained leaders and cover the following topics:
Working with the Healthcare System
Much, much more
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Goal Setting/Action Planning
This is an Evidence-Based program designed and tested by Stanford University. Completers feel empowered to become better self-managers, improve their overall health, and enjoy their quality of life!
In six short weeks you can put LIFE BACK IN YOUR LIFE.