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Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

By 12th Flying Training Wing Leagal Office | Nov. 5, 2007

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The 12th Flying Training Wing Legal office staff is seeking volunteers for the Income Tax Assistance Program, which helps Team Randolph members with their 2007 income tax preparations. 

Volunteers may be active duty or retired members or their dependents. They will attend a free four-day training class, conducted by the IRS starting Dec. 3. 

Last year volunteers assisting in the program saved 1,500 Team Randolph members more than $251,000 in preparation fees and secured more than $2.24 million in tax refunds, according to the tax center. 

Capt. Robert Green, 12th FTW assistant staff judge advocate, explained that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is run in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and is supervised by specialists from the base legal office. 

During the tax filing season, unit members will be able to set their own schedules for clients and operate from any Internet connected computer out of their duty sections, said Chris Hull, Randolph Tax Center director. Volunteers may also assist clients in the Randolph Tax Center, located in Building 100. 

"Because this work may be done during duty hours, unit commanders must give interested individuals their permission before they apply," Ms. Hull said. "No skills are needed to be a volunteer. We will training volunteers." 

The tax center will also need volunteers for receptionist duties, filing and making copies.
"Regardless of your level of expertise, we can use your help," said Ms. Hull. 

To volunteer for the VITA Program, call Ms. Hull at the base legal office at 652-6781.