Jones Co. Volunteer Center seeks VITA volunteers

     The Jones County Volunteer Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program this year.

     VITA helps low-to-moderate income workers by providing free tax preparation assistance. Last year, VITA volunteers prepared 1,900 tax returns bringing $3.35 million back to Jones County. The average federal tax return was more than $1,600.

     Tax preparers, intake specialists, and greeters receive training and materials to become IRS certified. Free training is available in a classroom setting and online. The instruction is developed for both new and returning volunteers. Classroom instruction will cover content and provide time for testing at the advanced level. Volunteers will have hands-on practice with TaxSlayer software.

     The role of tax preparer includes:

     • Participate in IRS tax training and complete basic or advanced level certification.

     • Meet face-to-face with taxpayer to gather information and review documentation.

     • Prepare tax returns in collaborative team environment.

     The role of intake specialist includes:

     • Participate in a two-hour training session.

     • Review taxpayer documentation.

     • Complete the process by securing taxpayer signatures.

     The role of greeter includes:

     • Participate in a one-hour training in December.

     • Welcome taxpayers and oversee sign-in process.

     • Complete checklist with taxpayer to confirm proper documentation.

     • Call next-day clients to confirm their appointments.

     For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jones County Volunteer Center Coordinator Amy Keltner at 319-560-0811 or

     Learn more about VITA at 


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