Western Washington University is seeking volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program over the next few weeks.
The program, which helps low- and moderate-income people prepare tax returns, is staffed by students from Western and Whatcom Community College, and by community volunteers.
No prior tax experience is necessary to be a volunteer, according to WWU. The free VITA training is a combination of self-study, online training and in-class training.
The in-class training is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 24, at WWU. The training will include computerized tax preparation and VITA procedural training. After completion, volunteers will need to pass a short open book online test, and then they will be able to help members of the public starting in February.
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Information and online signup are available at wwubap.org/volunteer-activities/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita/ or email WWU coordinator Stephen Bellrichard at firstname.lastname@example.org.