Income tax assistance program available

LANSING– State of Michigan Treasurer Rachael Eubanks called for eligible Michiganders to take part in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program before the 2022 individual income tax season.

The VITA program is an IRS-sponsored program that provides free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Volunteer tax preparation helps Americans claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, which are federal tax benefits that help workers care for their families, withstand unexpected economic changes and reduce poverty. VITA programs save Michiganders approximately $19.5 million annually in tax preparation fees alone.

Volunteers assisting with the VITA Program come from all walks of life: working professionals, retirees, college and high school students, IRS employees, and people who just want to contribute to their community. No previous tax experience is required.

VITA tax volunteers are assigned to work with a sponsoring organization, first to receive training and then to begin volunteering at a convenient location. Training is offered both online and in the classroom.

Tax sites are generally open nights and weekends, and the hours are flexible, allowing volunteers to choose time slots that fit their schedules. Individuals can sign up through the IRS.

To volunteer, visit www.opssupport-surveys.com/se/2511374571F86012. Volunteer information also is available at www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-tax-volunteers

Taxpayer assistance information is available at www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers.


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