Volunteers Needed as Tax Preparers at PGCC

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. —Donate your time for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Prince George's Community College. Participants will receive training and valuable experience working with the community during tax season. Free tax services are offered to Prince George’s County individuals with disabilities, elderly taxpayers, low and limited income residents and students. 

Last year, the VITA program prepared more than 2,000 federal and state tax returns, which resulted in in more than $129,000 in federal and Maryland tax refunds. Residents saved more than $125,000 in tax preparation fees and received free electronic filing of state and federal tax returns and refunds which are issued within 7-10 days with direct deposit.  

VITA tax preparers will receive free training and materials as well as an Internal Revenue Service volunteer tax preparer certification. Some participants may qualify to earn college credit. Beginning January 3, volunteers will be required to attend five training days on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. or Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Preparers are asked to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks of service. Register to volunteer at http://academic.pgcc.edu/cfc. For more information about VITA, call 301-546-0713 or e-mail vita@pgcc.edu.     

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  


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