United Way Calls for Volunteers to Help in Tax Preparation Program

United Way of Allegheny County announced the county’s 2013 free tax preparation campaign and issued a call for volunteers to help financially-struggling residents file their federal, state, and local tax returns this tax season.  The Money In Your Pocket Coalition free tax preparation campaign helps hard-working low and middle income residents file their tax returns and keep more of what they earn.

This  free tax preparation campaign helps low and middle-income workers maximize their tax refunds by claiming valuable state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  Services are provided free of charge, offering clients a cost-saving alternative to expensive commercial tax preparation fees.

From January 21 through April 15, 2013, volunteers will help Allegheny County residents whose annual incomes do not exceed $20,000 for an individual or $40,000 for a household that can claim at least one dependent.

The coalition hopes to recruit a team of 150+ students, retirees, and professionals who can commit to volunteering at least three hours per week at one of 11 tax sites. Volunteers must also be able to dedicate a weekend in January to be trained and certified in the basics of IRS tax preparation. Previous experience is not necessary.  If you have experience preparing your own taxes, you are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Free Tax Preparation Campaign or to apply to become a volunteer, visit the MIYP Coalition website at www.pghfreetaxes.org or Dial 2-1-1.