Volunteers Needed to Help Prepare Tax Returns

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

RIO GRANDE, NJ — The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of Cape May County is looking for volunteers.  VITA is a program within the Division of Aging and Disabilities Services and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). 

The RSVP Program works with volunteers to offer many countywide programs and services, such as Meals on Wheels deliveries, tutoring pre-school children, and preparing tax forms.  The VITA volunteers are trained to assist with income tax preparation.

“Volunteering with VITA is a rewarding experience while also serving a vital role in Cape May County,” Freeholder Jeffrey L. Pierson, who oversees the RSVP/VITA said in a press release. “We appreciate all who volunteer and share their skills to help with our various programs and services; our success largely depends on them.” 

Specialized training and certification by the IRS and New Jersey State Tax Office is available for those who do not know a lot about taxes. Volunteers can also choose a role that does not require tax law certification. As an IRS-certified VITA volunteer, you will be able to provide free basic income tax return preparation at sites throughout the County.  In 2021, more than 1000 Cape May County residents received assistance through VITA.  

Volunteers are needed during the upcoming tax filing season (January 2022 – April 2022). The hours are flexible, the training is free, and the time commitment is up to the individual volunteer. 

To volunteer for the tax assistance program or in RSVP’s other volunteer opportunities, call RSVP Program Director Rachel Sanfo at 609-886-3400.

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