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Volunteer tax preparers needed

The IRS is in need of volunteers to receive free training on preparing taxes, then give back to their communities through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

Last year, the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project, led by the United Way of the Bluegrass, prepared more than 3,400 individual tax returns and brought back more than $1.8 million in earned income tax credit dollars.

“Volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns for people whose incomes are low or moderate. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help,” said IRS spokesman Luis Garcia. Volunteers receive tax preparation training offered both online and in the classroom, and volunteering hours are flexible.

Volunteers can serve as return preparers, site coordinators or greeters.

Tax assistance locations serve Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford Counties.

Volunteers generally study online with Link and Learn Taxes to obtain their volunteer certification. Once certified, volunteers spend as little as three to four hours per week volunteering between the months of February and April.

Interested volunteers can send an email to Erica.Yan@uwbg.org, or call (859) 967-1926.

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