Tax program needs volunteers

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Tax season is just a few months away and the North Texas Area United Way is asking for your help.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps people who make less than $66,000 a year file their taxes.

Last year the program in Wichita Falls brought in more than $4 million in tax refunds. Program representatives said they cannot do it alone.

VITA program director, Genevieve Anderson is prepping to open her doors for tax season.

"If you don't already have your records together you need to get them together so you aren't scrambling in January," said Anderson.

That is why she is already looking for volunteers.

"We have classes in November set up on the books," said Anderson.  "We've got some in January and then the tax office opens. From January 22 to April 17, I will take you. If you work 4 hours a week, I'll take it that's 20 hours a week, I'll take it."

Last year, VITA helped more than 3,000 people.

"It was a total of over $406,000,000 that affected this community from my volunteers that came in here," said Anderson.

Anderson is signing up people for her tax training course. For 2017 tax season, about 20 volunteers came to help.

One group was from Americorps, but she cannot guarantee she will have them this year.

"Since Hurricane Harvey, I don't know if we are going to get that Americorps team," said Anderson.  "It's even more important if I don't get the Americorps team that I have people step up in the community."

If you want to be a volunteer for vita, the first training class is in November. The easiest way to sign up is by calling  211.

That number will connect you to the United Way and the VITA program.

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