What are you doing in February, March and April? If you don’t have plans to dip your toes in the warm sand of a tropical beach I have a suggestion for you. Find a local VITA program and volunteer to help.
VITA is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program supported by the IRS. A volunteer prepares returns for clients who have incomes at or below $54,000. If you like solving puzzles, then you would also enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to complete a tax return. Each one is different and because families don’t always fall into the Mom, Pop, and two kids definition, it can be challenging. Rewards come in the “thank you’s” and hand shakes of clients who have additional tax refund dollars to pay for other life expenses.
Training is available to help you certify. The IRS grants you exemption from liability for omissions or errors as long as you prepare returns within the scope of your certification. You can and should recommend a client take their return to a paid professional when it’s out of scope!
Volunteers also serve as greeters who schedule appointments and make sure the necessary tax documents and identification have been brought to the site.
A tropical island would be fun in the cold days of February, but you can generate a warm feeling inside by helping others. To volunteer visit this IRS site: https://www.research.net/r/vitatcesignup