Volunteers Sought for Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Pueblo, CO - Volunteers are being recruited for the upcoming 2016 tax season’s Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Volunteers serve as tax preparers, interviewers, quality controllers or greeters.
Volunteer tax preparers should:
- Be detail oriented
- Have an extensive background in tax preparation
- Work comfortably with the general public
- Be comfortable working on a computer
- Be able to provide volunteer service at least once a week at a choice of sites throughout the tax season (February through April)
- Have the ability to practice and test via printed materials and online through the IRS website
- Sign an IRS Standards of Conduct agreement and provide confidential services
- Become IRS certified by the last week in January
Training for tax preparers will be held in late Fall with the specific dates to be determined. There is no charge and materials will be available for practice purposes. New tax laws will be presented in January by an IRS representative. Volunteer greeters and interviewers do not need to become certified in tax preparation, but must agree to and sign the IRS Standards of Conduct agreement.
The Pueblo Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a program of the Internal Revenue Service started over 40 years ago as a means for low income taxpayers to file their tax forms free of charge. Pueblo VITA provides free tax preparation services and E-filing for both federal and state to annual income level qualified individuals and families. Sites open the first week in February and run through April 15.
This will be the ninth year the Pueblo VITA Program will serve taxpayers of Pueblo City and County through mobile tax sites with this free service. In 2015, more than 1,123 Pueblo City and County taxpayers took advantage of this free IRS service saving an estimated $112,300 overall in private tax preparation fees and bringing in a staggering $1,397,051 back into the community. Pueblo VITA Program emphasizes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Tax Credit for the Elderly (TCE) as well as tuition and other key credits.
The Pueblo VITA Program is a program of United Way of Pueblo County and is sponsored in part by the City of Pueblo and the County of Pueblo through CSAC (Community Services Advisory Council).
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please call Program Coordinator Judith Boudreaux at 719-296-8768 or 719-406-1424.
Contributions to United Way touch many critical issues right here in our community. United Way’s annual community giving campaign has raised more than $43,000,000 since the non-profit’s organization in 1923. Each year, more than 200 organizations support United Way and the Pueblo community. Contributions to United Way touch many critical issues right here in our community. Contributions to United Way touch many critical issues right here in our community. In 2014, over 136,000 units of service were provided to people in Pueblo County from United Way funded programs. Organizations receiving funding from United Way in 2015/2016 include: A Caring Pregnancy Center, Adams State University Foundation, Advocates Against Domestic Violence, Agape Fellowship Church of God, Arkansas Valley Resource Center, Boy Scouts- Rocky Mountain Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County, Care and Share Food Bank, CASA of Pueblo, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, Center for Disabilities, Center for Restorative Programs, Colorado Farm to Table, East Side Child Care Center, EPIC Pueblo – Executives Partnering to Invest in Children, Friendly Harbor Drop-In Center, Hospice de Valle, Inspiration Field, La Puente Homes, Mental Health America Colorado’s Pueblo Pro-Bono Program, Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association, Posada, Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, Pueblo School District 70, Pueblo Soup Kitchen, Pueblo StepUp, Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center, Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change, Salvation Army of Pueblo Corps, SRDA, Soaring Eagles Center for Autism, Southern Colorado repertory Theatre, Southeastern Colorado American Red Cross, Southside Children’s Center, Tu Casa, United Way’s Middle School Mentoring Program, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the YWCA. In addition, United Way of Pueblo County also funds over 50 other nonprofit organizations through special grants and the donor designation process.