2019 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteers Needed
This past tax season 1,102 federal and tax returns were prepared for free at the Johnson County Sunset Drive Office Building VITA site this past tax season — the highest ever in the history of that site. Between refunds, credit and savings, $1,425,171 was returned to the local citizens — an increase of 27% over 2017.
Johnson County K-State Research and Extension will again partner with El Centro to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the county’s Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. Tax assistance will begin on February 6.
Changes to tax laws this year are causing much uncertainty and confusion. In an effort to prepare for the changes, we are looking to increase our number of volunteers to meet the anticipated demand for tax assistance this upcoming tax season.
If you like working with people, enjoy working with numbers and want to give back to your community, please consider becoming a VITA volunteer. All VITA site staff are trained. Tax preparers are certified by the IRS to complete federal income tax returns, as well as returns from any state. Besides tax preparers, volunteers are needed as greeters, document reviewers and site helpers. Classroom training for volunteers will start in late December or early January. Training must be completed by January 31.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Denise Dias, family and consumer sciences agent with the Johnson County Extension office at 913-715-7000 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.