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Erik Herbert

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Niagara and the Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition are seeking volunteers for a few hours per week during February and March 2018 to help with their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Volunteers will help low income Niagara County residents maximize their tax returns by avoiding refund anticipation loans and inflated filing fees. Volunteers will receive free training, accreditation and will help people begin to build financial assets. They will also be part of a program that helps thousands of households every year.

There is a particular need for volunteers in Niagara Falls.

Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week. The program is usually open from mid-January through the tax filing deadline in April. Certification and work experience is provided. No prior experience is needed. Free tax law training and materials will be provided and volunteers canearn how to prepare basic tax returns while learning about all the tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers.

Continuing education credits are also available for tax pros. Enrolled agents and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn credits when volunteering as a VITA instructor, quality reviewer or tax return preparer.

To become a volunteer, contact Noelle Carter at 716-771-3255 or noelle.carter@cccsbuffalo.org. Tax preparation training is free, and commences in December. For more information on VITA programming, the Coalition and CCCS —or to get involved—contact Carter.