MYCAP seeks volunteers to assist residents with 2012 tax returns

As the 2012 calendar year comes to a close, tax payers will soon begin the task of gathering the necessary W-2’s and required documents to file their 2012 income tax returns.

The Mahoning Youngtown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) will again provide free basic tax service to eligible low and moderate income individuals, families and senior citizens.

The annual VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free tax preparation assistance to those who need to file local, state and federal taxes, but who can’t afford to pay to have their taxes prepared.

Currently MYCAP is seeking volunteers to learn basic tax information for the 2012 tax year and then use this information and the learned skills to process basic tax returns.

Beginning in January, training sessions will be held in Room 2221 in the Williamson School of Business Building on the Youngstown State University Campus. The sessions are on three Saturdays (Jan. 5, 19 and 26). Trained volunteers must go through all three of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certified instruction classes to receive IRS certification upon completion of the training.

On-line training is also available at the IRS.gov website through Link and Learn Taxes.

“Volunteers do not have to have prior tax preparation knowledge, or accounting skills to help. But, everyone must take either the three training classes in January in a classroom setting at YSU, or through the designated IRS website,” said Francine Jeffries, VITA Administrator for MYCAP. “We provide both options so people may choose the one that best suits them.”

Those who complete the training will then be able to assist eligible Mahoning County residents with their taxes on select dates and times in February and March at the MYCAP office, 1325 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

The IRS approved training includes:

  • An on-site professional supervisor who will lead the three-session training.
  • Volunteer Standards of Conduct certification.
  • Hands-on training through the IRS Link & Learn site.
  • Learning how to prepare tax returns using TaxWise electronic software.
  • Training in basic level tax preparation.
  • A certification from the IRS once the examination is successfully completed.

For more information about becoming a VITA volunteer, call Francine at MYCAP at 330-747-7921, ext. 1738.

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