JONESBORO — United Way of Northeast Arkansas has received a 2020 Giving Tree Grant in the amount of $2,350, provided by Craighead County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.
The grant funds will support United Way’s free tax filing services offered each year during tax season through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA). These IRS-certified volunteers prepare basic tax returns for eligible taxpayers and will review and electronically file those returns.
“The Craighead County Community Foundation’s donation will support many low- to middle-income taxpayers living right here in Craighead County,” said Erin Calhoon, director of programs and events at UWNEA.
Volunteers are currently being sought for the program.
Tax volunteers must be available throughout tax season, typically for a few hours weekly, be able to pass IRS certification and have an eagerness to work with clients and complete tax returns.
Return preparers will prepare tax returns, while quality reviewers will prepare, quality review and e-file tax returns. This position requires extensive tax law knowledge and experience.
Virtual opportunities are available and continuing education credits may be received for some professions.
Volunteers are also needed to greet and screen clients prior to their tax appointment.