Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Needed: Volunteers for VITA Tax Service program

Needed: Volunteers for VITA Tax Service program

Louisville -- This year, 1,088 taxpayers and their families in District 14 were helped by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. As the program gets ready for 2009, two workshops will be offered to train volunteers.

“I am so pleased with this program because it helps families who earn less than $42,000 a year with the filing of taxes,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “Now, we are offering training to volunteers who would like to help with this program.”

The VITA program is a free service offered and is manned by volunteers.

The two training workshops will be held on two Saturdays in December, the 13th and 20th. It is from 9:00am to 5:00pm on both days. The training will be held in at the Southwest Library in the Kroger Shopping Center, 10375 Dixie Highway.

“You only have to attend one session or a morning and afternoon session on different weekends,” says Henderson. “This may seem like many hours but the reward in helping a young family or an elderly person, far outweigh the time you put into volunteering.”
Henderson says if there are some who do not wish to help in filing taxes, there are other ways to help. Some volunteers will be greeters or as a screener to help clients with their initial paperwork.

“The people who worked the service last year were elated and surprised at the fun they had with the service they provided,” says Henderson.

The VITA Program will start up in January 16th and not end until April 15th There is a goal this year to help 2000 people with their taxes. If you would like more information about the workshops, contact Councilman Henderson’s office at 574-3459 or 574-3529.

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