Volunteers Needed to Help Low Income Families Prepare and File Their 2009 Taxes



Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102

November 18, 2009

News Highlights

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program provides free tax preparation services to working families and individuals who earned less than $49,000 in 2009.
  • This is a short-term, focused volunteer effort requiring only a few hours a week during tax season, with an immediate positive impact.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free tax certification training to volunteers.
  • For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact James Do 571-749-7838, TTY 703-533-5316 or go online at: http://nvacash.org/vita/?pagename=Volunteers

You can make a real difference by helping hard-working people in our community file their taxes and, in many cases, obtain tax credits and refunds.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign – Creating Assets, Savings and Hope – provides free tax preparation services to working families and individuals who earned less than $49,000 in 2009.

A local coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups will operate the program at 17 sites throughout Northern Virginia starting January 23, 2010.

Volunteers can help prepare tax returns or serve as greeters, screeners, site coordinators and interpreters. This is a short-term, focused volunteer effort requiring only a few hours a week during tax season, with an immediate positive impact.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free tax certification training to volunteers.

“Last tax season, 488 volunteers helped 3,280 low-income working families in our community file their taxes for free,” said Nannette Bowler, director of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, which leads the local VITA effort. “Many families qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax refunds, which provided much-needed additional income for food and basic necessities,” she added.

Last year’s VITA program in Northern Virginia resulted in tax refunds of over $4.4 million for low-income families and individuals.

“Community commitment and participation are what make this program successful,” Bowler observed. “We hope to have even more volunteers this year, so that more people can benefit from the free tax assistance program.”

To register as a volunteer, or for more information about the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, please contact James Do, with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, at 571-749-7838, TTY 703-533-5316.

Information is also available online at //nvacash.org/vita/?pagename=Volunteers.

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Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Department of Family Services at 703-533-5400; TTY 703-533-5316.


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