Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program seeks volunteers

MUSKEGON – Are you good with numbers, enjoy working with others, and want to make a real difference in your community? Goodwill needs you!

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Services for West Michigan – a coalition of area nonprofit organizations – provided a record number of free income tax returns to eligible low- to moderate-income individuals and families this past tax season. In total, 2,911 federal and state tax returns were prepared, creating a community impact of over $3 million!

Goodwill is urgently seeking more volunteers to help with the program.

 “The number of volunteers directly correlates to how many people we can help. The more volunteers, the more of an impact we can have,” said Goodwill Tax program Coordinator Carl Lewis. “It can be an incredibly rewarding experience when you are personally helping people receive significant refunds that often help struggling families pay overdue bills and put food on the table.”

Volunteers have multiple service sites and volunteer times to choose from in Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa, and Oceana counties. Appointment sites operate at various times Monday through Friday, with a few select sites operating on Saturdays.

This year, volunteer training is more convenient and accessible with online video modules and printable support materials located on Goodwill’s VITA website at www.vitawestmichigan.org. (Regular classroom sessions are also still offered for those who prefer.)

“We’ve condensed and divided the tax law into digestible segments that can be viewed at the volunteer’s pace and convenience,” Lewis said. “Volunteers are required to pass an IRS certification test, also available online.”

PLEASE HELP by donating your time this tax season!
If you are interested volunteering, or want to learn more, please contact Goodwill Tax Program Coordinator Carl Lewis at (231) 722-7871 x256 or clewis@goodwillwm.org.

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