How to help put $26 million back into the Central Texas economy

Did you know that last year more than 400 Central Texans volunteered to do somebody else’s taxes? Thanks to those folks, more than 17,200 tax returns were prepared for low-income singles and families who received more than $21 million in refunds.

This year, Community Tax Centers wants 500 volunteers to put $26 million back into the hands of those taxpayers – and from there the local economy. You want to try it? You don’t have to be an accountant  – or even especially fond of numbers – to sign up. You just have to love the look on someone’s face when you tell them how big their refund check is going to be.

At the Community Tax Centers, volunteers help low-income families claim millions of dollars in tax refunds and credits. By providing free income tax preparation services, IRS-certified volunteers give working families a chance to build a financial future.
 
For the 2009 tax season, the Community Tax Centers need more than 500 volunteers to reach their goal of completing 20,000 tax returns and putting $26 million back into the pockets of those who need it most.
 
What it takes to volunteer:
No previous tax experience necessary
Complete 8 hours of new volunteer training
A commitment of just three hours/week, for a total of 36 hours, between January and April
CPE credits are offered for volunteering CPAs who receive their IRS-certification and donate the requested 36 hours
A desire to give back to YOUR community!
 
There are 10 tax centers conveniently located throughout central Texas, including Round Rock, Del Valle and Bastrop.
 
For more information, to learn about other ways to volunteer and to sign up to help, visit www.communitytaxcenters.org or email jackie.blair@foundcom.org.

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