Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tax Volunteers Needed

Indian Trail, N.C. - Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the Income Tax." Dr. Einstein may have theorized great things, but when it comes to taxes Common Heart had six volunteers last year who really knew their stuff.  

Common Heart is excited to be offering  free tax preparation services for the second year in a row in western Union County  VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) is a  free tax preparation service provided by community organizations in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service.  "Our VITA site will bring this service to families in our community with household incomes under $50,000, " according to Keith Adams, Executive Director of Common Heart..

"As we expand our  hours in 2013 our goal  is to have at least ten volunteers," Keith continues.  "We are looking for key volunteers to make this happen." Volunteers will serve as greeters, tax preparers, and quality service reviewers. In addition a site manager is also needed. 

Volunteers come from many walks of life.  Some are current college students. Others are mom's who have been doing their family's taxes for years.  Others are CPA's and other trained professionals giving back to their community.

Training will be on January 8 - 10, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at South Piedmont Community College 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe.  Volunteers will be trained and certified through the intermediate level, giving them the training needed to handle many of the tax situation that a family of low to moderate income would have.

Common Heart's VITA site will be open Saturdays, plus a weekday morning and evening beginning January 26 through April 15, 2013.  Once a volunteers are trained the hours of operation will be determined. This year's goal  is to assist 250 low to moderate income families.

This is a great opportunity for local college students or those seeking to build their resume. It is also a wonderful chance to make a difference to  families in the community. If you are interested please visit email

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