Virtual Volunteers Needed for the CA$H Coalition of the Greater Capital Region’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
VITA volunteers help thousands of Capital Region individuals prepare and file their taxes for free
The CA$H Coalition is a collaborative of dozens of regional non-profit organizations dedicated to increasing individuals’ and families’ financial security and building greater financial inclusion in the Capital Region through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Each year, the VITA program helps thousands of individuals prepare and file their taxes for free, saving filers millions in preparation fees and returning millions to the Capital Region economy. During tax season, the CA$H Coalition operates more than 50 tax preparation sites in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Hamilton, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties. At each site, IRS-certified VITA volunteers prepare and electronically file federal and New York State tax returns at no cost for income-eligible filers. The CA$H Coalition also provides information about debt management, savings programs, money management, job training and more.
In 2020, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, VITA prepared 6,363 returns and helped put $15 million from Earned Income Tax Credits back into the local economy.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and file taxes for Capital Region individuals during tax season in 2021. Anyone who is 18 years or older is encouraged to volunteer. No prior tax experience needed, flexible training and resource materials are provided. Virtual volunteer opportunities are available to ensure the safety of volunteers and community members.
Visit www.UnitedtoVolunteer.org for more information and to sign up.
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United Way of the Greater Capital Region is an organization that fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. It unites donors, volunteers, and community organizations in a common mission to strengthen our community and improve social conditions in the Capital Region and beyond. Learn more at www.unitedwaygcr.org or Facebook.com/UnitedWayGCR