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Nov. 17, 2016

VITA volunteers needed for upcoming tax season

The City of Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, is in need of individuals who want to become volunteer tax preparers. The EITC campaign offers free tax return preparation to households with an annual income of $54,000 or less. 

Tax professionals (enrolled agents and other tax return preparers) can earn continuing education credits when volunteering. No experience is required for volunteers as the City will conduct free IRS process-based tax law training sessions in January at various locations. 

Last year, VITA volunteers helped prepare 1,860 tax returns resulting in approximately $2.2 million in federal refunds for residents. The refunds may not have been received without the assistance of 57 dedicated volunteers who invested more than 4,000 hours helping families. 

To volunteer for the upcoming tax season, visit chandleraz.gov/vita and complete the survey link. Upon completion of the survey, City staff will contact interested volunteers on the next steps.