Needs Volunteers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Partners for 2016
VITA is an IRS community initiative led by the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties to provide free income tax preparation. The VITA program offers free tax help to people   with low-to-moderate income in preparing their tax returns. Community VITA programs in Florida have aided working families in receiving more than $14 million from the Child Tax Credit, providing taxpayers a much needed financial boost to better support their children.    A program such as VITA not only helps individuals and families in our community, but it also helps our local economy by helping residents retain funds to save and spend locally.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to work in the Crestview and Fort Walton Beach communities. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed!  You can help by preparing and filing tax returns, in one of our computer labs, or as a client greeter. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of four hours per week at a VITA site from January 17-April 17,

As a VITA tax preparation volunteer, you will receive IRS training and certification, expand your knowledge of federal tax return procedures, add a new skill to your resume, serve local citizens, and help stimulate the local economy.

To find out more about this program or to become a volunteer, email cindy@united-way.org or call 850-243-0315.  Please include all your contact information along with the location you would like to serve, either Crestview or Fort Walton Beach.  Informational orientations will be held in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview in December.  Please call or email to reserve a seat.