Recruitment is now underway for volunteers to train to become a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer with the City of Sacramento’s award-winning program, and one of the most successful anti-poverty programs nationwide.

Volunteers provide free tax preparation assistance to low-income individuals and families after receiving free training from the IRS in basic tax law, and passing an open book test. Volunteers who have a background in math, accounting, bookkeeping, engineering, economics or a related field have been very successful in completing the training and passing the test. Community college and undergraduate students in accounting, finance, economics and pre-law have participated, as well as retired professionals, those seeking to develop their careers or those looking for a career change.

Training and testing will be provided on-line throughout the fall and winter, with additional classroom training scheduled in the fall. Training needs to be completed by January 18, 2014.

Tax assistance is scheduled from late January 2014 to April 15, 2014 and will be located at the following sites: Hart Senior Center, Pannell/Meadowview Community Center, Oak Park Community Center, George Sim Community Center and the South Natomas Community Center.

If you are interested in learning about how to become a VITA volunteer for the City’s program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mary Lynn Perry at (916) 808-8317 or by email mperry@cityofsacramento.org, or contact Stacey Fong at (916) 808-7184, email sfong3@cityofsacramento.org.

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