Volunteers Needed to Help Low Income Families Prepare and File Their Taxes
Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102
October 19, 2010
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 2010.
A local coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups will operate the program at 20 sites throughout Northern Virginia starting in January 2011.
Volunteers can help prepare tax returns or serve as greeters, screeners and interpreters. This is a short-term, focused volunteer effort requiring 3 to 6 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, volunteers helped 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 $5.5 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 Thea Frisby, with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, at 703-533-5702, TTY 711.
Get more information about VITA.
To volunteer: Register online.
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 711.