Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that he is seeking volunteers to join the town’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now entering its 43rd year, the VITA Program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service.
“Over the past four decades, our VITA volunteers have served thousands of senior citizens and residents with limited incomes during tax filing season,” said Santino. “We are currently recruiting individuals who are good with numbers and have previous experience with preparing federal and state income tax returns to join our outstanding team of VITA volunteers.”
Hempstead Town’s Department of Senior Enrichment will train recruits and assign them to work at town senior centers and local libraries during the upcoming tax preparation season (February, March and part of April 2018). The town will hold a multi-day training program at the Department of Senior Enrichment, located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead beginning December 4, 2017.
Volunteers are not required to hold any advanced degrees or certifications, but must have prior experience with tax return preparation, a keen sense of mathematics and willingness to work with people. VITA volunteers must be available for at least 3 daytime hours per week during the 10-week program.
“It can be very rewarding to volunteer in the VITA Program. To ensure that this program continues to enjoy its success, I urge anyone with prior experience with filing income tax returns to consider becoming a VITA preparer,” concluded Santino.
Those interested in volunteering should contact the Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100, extension 7388.