Are you good with numbers, have experience in tax return preparation and enjoy working with people? Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that the town is currently seeking volunteers with such qualifications for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now entering its 42nd year, the VITA Program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service.
“We are currently seeking individuals who would like to become VITA volunteers,” said Santino. “VITA volunteers trained by the Town of Hempstead have provided thousands of seniors and residents with limited incomes with invaluable aid over the past four decades.”
Through the VITA program, volunteers are trained and then assigned to work at town senior centers and local libraries, providing income tax preparation assistance to town seniors and residents with limited incomes. Volunteers are not required to hold any advanced degrees or certifications, but must have a willingness to work with people, have a keen sense of mathematics, and be available for at least 3 daytime hours per week during the 10-week program (February, March, and part of April 2017).
IRS-trained instructors will train volunteers at the Department of Senior Enrichment, located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead during a multi-day training program beginning on December 5, 2016. Saturday training sessions will be conducted on January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017 at the Oceanside Public Library located at 30 Davison Avenue in Oceanside.
“This program has enjoyed great success over the past 41 years. I encourage individuals with past experience in tax return preparation who can dedicate at least three hours per week during the upcoming tax season to consider joining this outstanding group of volunteers,” concluded Santino.
Those interested in volunteering should contact the Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100, extension 7388.