The thrill of a fat tax return – even if it’s not for you

This number amazes me: Last year, Foundation Communities engaged 470 volunteers helping with 17,284 tax returns with $21 million in tax refunds!

This year, they are looking for 500 volunteers to prepare 20,000 returns – and aiming for $26 million. That’s $26 million for Austin in 2009. It’s not $700 billion, but it’s still a nice chunk of change.

Want to help?

Community Tax Centers provide free income tax preparation services to Austin’s low-income families.  Volunteers can give the working poor in our community a chance to build a financial future by helping them claim eligible tax credits.

What do Volunteer Tax Preparers do?
– Learn how to prepare simple tax returns using a commercial software program in 8 hours of training – training starts in December
– Become certified as an IRS Volunteer Tax Preparer
– Work directly with families who need help preparing tax returns

Any Texas CPA who completes our training, passes the IRS certification test and volunteers for 36 hours will be approved for 12 hours of CPE credit.
 
Other Ways to Volunteer:
Intake Specialist –Welcome clients, explain our services, and facilitate the intake process. Students must possess excellent customer service and organization skills and work well in a fast-paced environment.
Interpreters –We need bilingual volunteers of all languages to help clients and our volunteer tax preparers communicate effectively. 20% of Community Tax Center clients speak only Spanish. 
 
Time Commitment:
January ­ April 15. Serve just 3 hours per week or a total of 36 hours.  Tax centers are conveniently located throughout Austin, including Round Rock and Del Valle, and offer daytime, evening and weekend hours. 
 
Make a difference in YOUR community. 
Sign up today!
 
http://www.handsoncentraltexas.org/AboutUs/index.php/communitytaxcenters.htm
Jackie Blair  ~  Volunteer Coordinator  ~  Foundation Communities
512-447-2026 ext. 35 ~ Jackie.Blair@foundcom.org

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