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Volunteers needed for Tax Assistance Program

By Staff Sgt Beth Del Vecchio | Wingspread editor | Nov. 29, 2006

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Randolph Tax Center needs volunteers for the Income Tax Assistance Program to help Team Randolph members with their 2006 income tax preparations.

Last year, volunteers assisting in the program saved nearly 1,500 Team Randolph members more than $239,900 in preparation fees and secured more than $1.8 million in tax refunds, according to the tax center.

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, said Capt Bradley Henderson, 12th Flying Training Wing assistant staff judge advocate.

Volunteers may be active duty or retired members or their dependents, Capt Henderson said. They will attend a free four-day training class, conducted by the IRS, starting Dec. 5. An optional one-day class about the TaxWise filing software will be conducted in January.

"During the tax filing season, unit volunteers 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. "They 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. Other volunteers not working on Randolph will assist exclusively in the Base Tax Center.

"No skills are needed to be a volunteer, we will give you all the training you will need," said Ms. Hull. "We can also use general assistance in receptionist duties, filing, and making copies.

Regardless of your level of expertise or hours you can donate, we can certainly use your help."

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