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Press release

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is a national program staffed by local volunteers that provides free preparation and electronic filing of tax returns to Racine County residents. The service supports low- to moderate-income households and relies on volunteers to do its work.

Volunteers are needed as tax preparers, greeters, and bilingual interpreters. No experience necessary. Free in-person and web-based training provided. Weekday, evening and weekend shifts available at sites throughout Racine County.

Last year, approximately 50 volunteers returned more than $1 million in tax refunds to local taxpayers. United Way of Racine County is seeking volunteer tax preparers, greeters, and Spanish/English interpreters for 2019 to perform VITA’s services in Racine County.

No prior experience is required, and training can be completed on volunteers’ own time. The volunteer schedule is flexible, including weekdays, weekends and evenings. A commitment of one two- to four-hour shift per week is required during tax season, January through April 2019.

To learn more or apply, visit UnitedWayRacine.org/vita-volunteer. The application deadline is November 1.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.