Income tax assistance program looking for volunteers

Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Victoria VITA Crossroads is on the search for tax time help.

VITA, which stands for volunteer income tax assistance, will offer free tax preparation and electronic filing this season for those who earn less than $50,000, said Debbie Andrews, a senior tax consultant with the IRS.

Andrews spoke Tuesday at the Victoria Economic Development Corp.'s Victoria Partnership meeting.

Openings are available for tax preparers, greeters and translators, she said, and no previous experience is required. Preparers should be comfortable with computers and willing to help, she said, noting they will undergo a 16-hour tax law training course in January.

Victoria's site will be open two days a week, from the last week of January to April 15, she said. The group will work with volunteers' schedules and there is no age requirement.

The voluntary program is a partnership between Victoria County United Way, the Community Action Committee of Victoria, the Area Agency on Aging of the Golden Crescent, Wells Fargo, Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent, Victoria College, City of Victoria and the Internal Revenue Service, Andrews said. Although it takes place throughout the state, this is the first time the service will be available in the Crossroads.

"It's a great program," she said. "It helps people save those extra dollars they would spend on filing, so they can spend it in the community."

For more information, call 361-578-2989 or email



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