NHCO seeks volunteer tax preparers to help low-wage families
NHCO is seeking volunteers to help families with free basic tax returns. Many of our neighbors don’t have access to affordable tax help, fall victim to “rapid refund” loans, or are unaware of state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can put money into their pockets for food, utility bills, gasoline or bus passes, rent payments or to eliminate personal debt.
Last year, 457 volunteers from all walks of life prepared more than 10,000 tax returns for free, resulting in $16.8 million in refunds for Southwestern PA residents.
In just three hours a week, you can
• Make a difference in someone’s financial life
• Boost the financial stability of your community
• Gain valuable new skills
Volunteers should visit the Free Tax Prep Campaign Volunteer Registration website to register, and select to volunteer at either the NHCO Bellevue or NHCO Millvale site.
All required training is provided by the United Way and the IRS in January through a combination of in-class and online offerings. Volunteers who complete this training are IRS certified volunteer tax preparers and are eligible to receive Continuing Education Credits for their volunteer service if certified at the advanced level.
NHCO tax prep sites will open the week of mid January 2018, and continue through early April 2018. A three-hour per week volunteer commitment is requested throughout tax season.
For more information, see the United Way Volunteer Recruitment Brochure 2018.
Questions may be directed to Nancy at NHCO at 412-307-0069 x 3321, but volunteers must register through the United Way by email here. Registration for new volunteers is now open.