This Valentine's Day, volunteers across Montana are showing love for our veterans, mobilizing in an effort to help America's heroes prepare tax returns at several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites around the state including Billings, Bozeman, and Helena.As a way to show appreciation for those who served overseas, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are teaming up to make this effort possible, connecting veterans with IRS-certified volunteers who can ease the burden of tax preparation and filing.
“Doing your taxes can be a challenging experience,” said Dan O'Brien, AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Montana Credit Unions for Community Development. “Too often those who can least afford it pay for someone to prepare their taxes. VITA volunteers help hard-working taxpayers prepare their taxes for free, which saves them money and gives them peace of mind.”
The volunteers provide vital support to individuals who qualify for the VITA Program, assisting individuals who make under $50,000 in preparing and filing their tax returns. The program educates individuals on potential tax credits they may qualify for and work through the complex process of filing taxes.
But this program is not just for Montanans. O'Brien offered some helpful tips for taxpayers nationwide leading up to April 15:
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