Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) workers are receiving training so they can better serve people who are impacted by recent tornadoes, windstorms and flooding in the Mid-South.
Volunteers will receive additional training so they can be up-to-date on important tax-related information and referral assistance for filing “change of address” data with the Internal Revenue Service, and more importantly, filing amended tax returns to reflect disaster/casualty loss claims.
“Our goal is to assist people in getting tax relief now. Of course tax returns can be filed through October and we will be assisting by helping people file amended returns so they may get relief for their current losses,” said Nidia Logan, Manager of United Way of the Mid-South’s Community Impact Department.
“We provided this service last fall at the Millington shelter that was created after that flooding incident. The VITA team served over 300 people and filed over 100 casualty loss claims for victims of the flood,” Logan said.
Our local VITA team has ordered disaster kits from the IRS and hopes to offer disaster tax assistance at shelters and other public places.
Volunteers Jeraldine Hunter-Gaddes and Ella Whittie-Walker have again stepped forward to lead the effort to assist storm and flood victims file casualty loss returns. By filing an amended return, qualifying individuals and families will be able to receive refunds from the federal government and/or offset tax liabilities.
Volunteers must have a current Intermediate or Advanced certification in Tax Law to qualify for this new training.
The schedule for disaster tax assistance training at United Way of the Mid-South is as follows:
Advanced Certified VITA Preparers
Saturday, May 7th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (4 hours)
Intermediate Certified VITA Preparers
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 16th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (6 hours)
If you are a Certified Public Accountant with advanced tax experience dealing with a range of tax schedules and current, extensive knowledge of tax law, working as a VITA volunteer may be an excellent community service opportunity for you! Please call Yvonne Howard at 901.433.4334 to learn more about working with the VITA and EITCA programs.