WWU program seeks volunteers for helping people with tax returns

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.

Information and online signup are available at wwubap.org/volunteer-activities/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita/ or email WWU coordinator Stephen Bellrichard at vita.wwu.bap@gmail.com.