Tax assistance volunteers sought after

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The South Hampton Roads Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition is looking for volunteers for the 2015 income tax assistance season. This Saturday, Jan. 17, they will host an information session at the Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library at 280 N. College Dr., Franklin, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There are several different ways that a person can help out, including: greeter/screener, tax preparer, quality reviewer, financial councilor and as an assisted self-tax prep coach.

Tuwana Jones, the director of housing and financial stability programs for the Up Center, which is one of the sponsors, said you do not have to have tax experience to volunteer, though those that do and are IRS certified are sought after. Jones said this is a good way to earn continuing education units while also helping the community.

“Give back by volunteering — it’s a great service to provide to those who are low/moderate income,” she said.

The 2015 filing season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 20, but the IRS-sponsored program will not be in Franklin until February. Jones said the dates have not been finalized yet, but that the sessions would be at the Ruth Camp library.

The dates and times will be determined based on the availability of volunteers, and they should be announced by later this month.

At a glance

The Southampton Roads Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition seeks volunteers to help people with filing their income taxes.

People can serve as greeters, preparers, councilors and also in helping people with self-tax submission.

For more information, a general session will be at the Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial  Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.