Volunteers Needed to Help Low-Income Families Prepare and File Their Taxes
Contact for News Media:
Amy Carlini, Communications Director
Department of Family Services
703-324-7758, TTY 703-222-9452
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102
October 10, 2012
During this time of economic challenges and growing need, this is an opportunity to provide real, tangible assistance to hardworking people in our community by helping them file their taxes, and in many cases, obtain a tax refund.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign -- Creating Assets, Savings and Hope – relies on volunteers to deliver tax preparation services at no cost to working families and individuals in our community.
Last year, volunteers donated approximately 16,440 hours of their time and helped low-income families in Northern Virginia receive over $7 million in federal tax refunds. Over $1.5 million was awarded back to those families who qualified for the Child Tax Credit (CTC). In total, volunteers helped more than 4,600 families prepare their taxes last year.
For the fifth year, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services is coordinating the program and is now recruiting volunteers to serve as greeters/screeners, IT support, interpreters, translators and tax preparers to operate the tax assistance program at over 20 sites throughout Northern Virginia.
Free training and certification will be provided and required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for those interested in preparing taxes.
“This opportunity is great for volunteers who want to help working families at tax time. Filing taxes, without paying a preparation fee, means more money for working families. Volunteers are certified by the IRS and ensure that families receive the tax credits they are entitled to, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit,” said Dai Nguyen, Employment and Training Program manager for the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
Make a significant difference in the quality of life for many families in your community by volunteering just three to six hours per week during tax season, January - April 2013.
To register as a volunteer, please visit VITA. For more information about the VITA program please visit www.nvacash.org or contact James Do at 571-749-7838; TTY 711, or Thea Frisby at 703-533-5702; TTY 711.
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 703-324-7758; TTY 703-222-9452.