Alta Horizons will partner again this year to host an IRS endorsed "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)" Program in Alta during the months of February and March 2013.
VITA offers free tax assistance to qualifying taxpayers, usually of lower income, who require assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In order to provide this service, Alta Horizons is seeking volunteers who are willing to help serve residents of Buena Vista County. Volunteers will undergo certification training. Professional tax preparers may opt out of training and complete a test online for certification.
VITA aims to help working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits. This not only assists the individual family, but also increases tax dollars in our county.
VITA Representative Kevin Lewis said the program is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in our community. "Alta Horizons is excited to use VITA to serve our community, help lower income families get the help available to them and keep more of their hard earned income. We hope to see more individuals, college students, and community friends get involved in the VITA program this. Volunteers will get a unique hands-on learning experience, and get to know and serve terrific people, and the community receives great benefits from free tax assistance" he said.
Anyone interested in volunteering as a tax preparer, or quality control person, or those interested in finding out more about how the VITA program might help them should e-mail Kevin Lewis (Kevin@altachurch.org) or call (712) 200-2321.