The Willow Creek Care Center Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) Program was introduced in 2012 to meet a real need of Care Center guests and Willow attenders. The program uses trained volunteers to prepare the income taxes of those whose household income is $51,000 or less.
Leslie was one Willow attender who utilized the free tax preparation services (VITA) offered by the Finance Team, in 2013.
“My family and I are so grateful…We were so blessed by this ministry! The benefits we obtained last year were spiritual, emotional, and financial.
From making our appointment to the final submission of our taxes, we were accompanied by certified professionals and highly trained volunteers, who guided us clearly in every step. Every person we talked with provided support and treated us with compassion, respect, and good-will.
In addition to all of this, the services we received were at no cost. The Finance Team did not charge for the services they provided, which helped our family budget, and they helped us get a refund from the IRS after we submitted our taxes.” –Leslie
This year the Finance Services Team will be offering the program again. This doesn’t happen, however, without fantastic volunteers.
With a variety of volunteer roles, there is a way for everyone to serve. Volunteers will greet guests, schedule appointments, help with administrative tasks, and prepare tax returns. Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers are needed in all volunteer roles. Training will be provided for all positions and those who serve as tax preparers will go through an IRS certification process prior to serving. You don’t need to be an accountant or CPA to qualify.
If you can do your own tax return, you can prepare a tax return for those who qualify for the program. To learn more, contact the Financial Services Program Manager, Thelma Talamantes.