Hempstead Town Seeks Volunteer Tax Preparers For VITA Program

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray announced that the town is seeking volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now entering its 39th year, the VITA Program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead's Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service.

"We are currently seeking individuals who would like to dedicate some of their spare time to become a VITA volunteer," said Supervisor Kate Murray. "Over the past 38 years, VITA volunteers trained by the Town of Hempstead have assisted thousands of seniors and residents with limited incomes, helping them to obtain the maximum allowable refund when filing their tax returns."

Through the VITA program, volunteers are trained and then assigned to town senior centers and local libraries to assist town seniors and residents with limited incomes in the preparation of their federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers need not have a professional background or any previous experience in order to assist. The only requirements for volunteering are a willingness to work with people and numbers, and availability for at least 3 daytime hours per week during the 10-week program (February, March and part of April 2014).

IRS-trained instructors will train volunteers at the Department of Senior Enrichment, located at 200 North Franklin Street in Hempstead during a multi-day training program beginning on December 9, 2013. Saturday training sessions will be conducted on January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2014 at the Oceanside Public Library located at 30 Davison Avenue in Oceanside.

"In order to ensure that this free program enjoys continued success, I encourage anyone who is able to dedicate at least three hours per week during the upcoming tax season to consider joining this outstanding group of volunteers," concluded Murray.

Those interested in volunteering should contact the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100, extension 274.