VALPARAISO | United Way of Porter County will be hosting the United Way Regional Volunteer Center’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. A call has gone out again for volunteers to participate in the program for the upcoming tax season.
The VITA volunteer season will kick off with an informational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the United Way of Porter County Community Room, 951 Eastport Centre Road. Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering should attend.
VITA offers free tax preparation, e-filing and financial education for low to moderate-income taxpayers living in Porter and LaPorte County.
The free VITA tax preparation service is available to taxpayers whose adjusted gross income is $51,000 or less (2012 limitation), the elderly and disabled. Tax preparation through VITA is offered from late January to mid-April. During the approximate 75-day tax preparation period, certified volunteers are asked to contribute any hours they can.
The certification requirements for the 2014 tax year have been streamlined by the IRS. Training courses have been reduced to two: Basic and Advanced. For new preparers, only the Basic course completion is necessary. Returning volunteers will be able to take only the Advanced program to be certified for most of the tax preparation requirements that fall within the scope of the entire VITA program.
All training and materials are free and will be accomplished both online and with in-person training at the United Way office in Valparaiso.
For more information and to register for the meeting, call George Kuebler at (219) 464-3583, ext. 128, or visit http://www.nwivolunteer.org/programs/volunteer-income-tax-assistance/ .