Volunteers Needed as Tax Preparers

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu


LARGO, Md. —Donate your time for Prince George's Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Participants will receive training and valuable experience working with the community during the 2012 tax season. Free tax services are offered to Prince George’s County individuals with disabilities, elderly taxpayers, those with low and limited income and students.

“During 2011, our services saved seniors and low income residents nearly $81,250 of tax preparation fees,” said Betty Habershon, director of the Community Financial Center at Prince George’s Community College. “We are expanding free preparation by partnering with faith-based and nonprofit organizations at sites throughout the county this year,” she added.

Last year, the VITA program prepared more than 1,300 federal and state tax returns, which resulted in excess of $750,000 of federal tax refunds and more than $250,000 of Maryland refunds. Residents receive free electronic filing of state and federal tax returns and refunds are issued within 7-10 days with direct deposit. Filers will have the opportunity to directly purchase savings bonds as part of their return preparation. 

VITA tax preparers will receive free training and materials as well as an Internal Revenue Service volunteer tax preparer certification. Some participants may qualify to earn college credit. All volunteers will be required to attend five training days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. or Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning January 7. Register to volunteer at
http://academic.pgcc.edu/cfc. For more information about VITA, call 301-546-0713 or e-mail bhab@pgcc.edu.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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