IRS, ICVR seek volunteers to learn about taxes, prepare taxes for others


The IRS is looking for Arkansas volunteers who would like to take a free tax class to learn about taxes then help others with their taxes early next year through the IRS-sponsored VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Earlier this year, about 600 Arkansas volunteers at almost 100 locations across the state helped some 30,000 Arkansans with their taxes.

VITA volunteers do not have to have a financial or tax background — in fact, they come from all walks of life. But they all share an interest in learning about basic tax preparation and in helping others.

“The VITA program is in its 42nd year and provides valuable, free assistance to those in need of tax help in communities across Arkansas and the nation,” said David Stell, IRS spokesman. “Volunteers not only experience the fun and enjoyment of helping others, but also gain knowledge of basic tax law, which might be useful for their own taxes.”

Volunteers are given free, IRS-sponsored training. Upon successful completion of the training, volunteers then join with other volunteers in their own communities to help with free preparation of basic income tax forms for other people, using provided computers and software.

Typically, VITA free tax help is offered to the public at various times and locations, from the beginning of February through the April tax filing deadline, which, for 2013, is Monday, April 15.

“We’re looking for volunteers from all across Arkansas,” Stell said. “Whether you’re from the Timberlands or the Ozarks, the Ouachitas or the Delta, or anywhere in between, we’d like to hear from you.”

For more information about volunteering for VITA, call the Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. at 536-7274. Find the volunteer sign-up Form 14310 on the IRS website at www.irs.gov/Individuals/Volunteer-in-Your-Community.

The sign-up form can be submitted online, or it can be printed and mailed to: IRS VITA, Attn: J. Fisher, Stop 1040, 700 W. Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201.