United Way Needs Tax Volunteers

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The United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and The Village for Families & Children are currently recruiting 300 volunteers for the 2014 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Campaign.

Susan Dunn, president and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, visited the FOX CT Morning Extra to talk about the program.

IRS-trained and certified volunteers interact one-on-one with clients to prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms for free. They also ensure that taxpayers claim the proper tax credits and refunds. Volunteer commitment is a four-hour session, once per week, from mid-January to mid-April. Bilingual candidates are encouraged and no prior experience is required.

Last season, nearly 9,400 taxpayers were assisted at United Way-supported sites by more than 250 volunteers. This resulted in $26.4 million in state and federal refunds and credits to working families. United Way has been involved for more than 10 years and last year, with its partners, supported 30 sites through collaborations with community-based organizations in Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain and Windham region.

Those who may be eligible for the VITA program are encouraged to call United Way 211 to see if they qualify and set up an appointment locally.

For more information about the program, or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.unitedwayinc.org, www.myfreetaxes.com/unitedway or call 211.

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