Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed

The North Penn United Way needs volunteers to give low and middle-income people free tax preparation help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Americorps Vista Volunteer Inger Berg says the help will be offered from January through mid-April, but they need volunteers as soon as possible.

“For volunteers the work starts now because we need to have them trained by the end of December so they can start preparing taxes in January.”

Volunteer Christa Detweiler says signing up is easy.

“They can contact our office and we will send them a volunteer application, which they need to fill out.  Once it’s returned to the office they can come in to pick up their volunteer materials.  It’s an IRS item that comes with a resource guide.  It also comes with directions for how they can go online and access the IRS website where all of the training materials are also.”

Detweiler says the online training takes about 18 to 20 hours, and it’s followed by a training session at North Penn United Way headquarters, where volunteers learn how to use their software.  The volunteers will work at eleven sites, and the three biggest ones are Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale and the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford.  She says they expect volunteers to work at least one four-hour shift per week.  They prepared 129 income tax returns this year, and next year’s goal is 400.