Westbay seeks volunteers to help people prepare tax returns


Westbay Community Action is looking for people who like to help people and have a desire to help those in need to sign up for VITA. VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and provides courtesy return preparation assistance to people who cannot afford professional tax help, such as seniors, disabled, low-income and non-English speaking people.

Volunteers will provide tax preparation service to taxpayers who do not have the ability to prepare their own tax returns. Volunteers receive specialized training from certified VITA/TCE volunteers or from IRS employees. Some of the volunteer opportunities include being a greeter, a reviewer, a tax preparer and more. The hours are flexible, the free training is easy and the time commitment is minimal. Anyone can volunteer.

The IRS provides free tax law training, electronic filing software training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns. Volunteers are asked to volunteer an average of three to four hours per week from the last week in January though April 15.

The IRS has scheduled training sessions starting in mid-October and December. The trainings will be held at Bryant University in Smithfield. Volunteers are expected to attend all sessions.

Volunteering can be exciting, educational and an enjoyable experience. Last year, Westbay prepared more than 800 tax returns with more than $1.4 million in refunds.

Those who would like to take part in this program should contact Patricia Martucci at 732-4666 x 152 or pmartucci@wesbtbaycap.org.


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