United Way seeks 350 volunteers to help middle Tennesseans file tax returns in 2018

Friday, December 8, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Middle Tennessee continues to experience record growth, a larger number of residents are expected to utilize the VITA Free Tax Prep program to file their taxes. Powered by United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, this service helps clients save money on the cost of tax preparation fees and ensures they get all the credits and refunds they’ve earned. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and relies on many partners and volunteers in order to operate tax prep sites across the community.

Lewisburg residents who want to make a difference in the financial futures of their neighbors are needed to become VITA volunteers for the 2018 tax season. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background or expertise. Anyone who is comfortable with computers, has a desire to learn an important financial skill, and has a passion for giving back to the community can volunteer with the VITA Free Tax Prep program. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville offers free training for volunteers committed to serve at the sites. The IRS provides continuing education credits for certified public accountants (CPA), certified financial planners (CFP®), attorneys and enrolled agents. Volunteers may work as tax preparers, quality reviewers, greeters, screeners or site coordinators.

Last year, more than 250 IRS-certified volunteers prepared and filed nearly 15,000 tax returns for residents who met the program’s income qualifications. Clients saved more than $4 million in filing fees and received nearly $24 million in refunds.Individuals and families who earned less than $66,000 in 2017 are eligible to file their tax returns through the VITA Free Tax Prep program.

“Many residents in the Middle Tennessee area are eligible to use the VITA Free Tax Prep program to file their tax returns,” said VITA program manager Tamara Kreigh. “We want to ensure we have enough volunteers to serve all of the hardworking individuals and families who qualify based on income.”

“While the VITA Free Tax Prep program has achieved remarkable success in recent years, its future growth in our region hinges on the dedicated people who donate their time to make sure clients have the help they need each tax season,” said Brandi Ghergia, senior manager of the Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence (NAFI). “We appreciate those in our community who are willing to help households save money each tax season by becoming VITA volunteers.”

To learn more information, sign up to volunteer, or see training dates, times and locations, go to www.volunteerforvita.org.