United Way of Hunterdon County Seeks Volunteers for Tax Season
Flemington, NJ (August 30, 2021) – United Way of Hunterdon County (UWHC) is seeking volunteers to help with tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income Hunterdon County area residents. Last year 64 volunteers in our community helped to file 1,400+ returns, resulting in more than $2.5 million in refunds to Hunterdon County residents and employees. Volunteers help to ensure that our hardworking neighbors who are in poverty or living paycheck to paycheck get back every dollar they are due, helping put them on a path to financial stability.
UWHC offers several opportunities for potential volunteers, including roles as Income Tax Preparers, Translators, and Volunteer Facilitators. All positions receive free training through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and UWHC for the following positions:
- Income Tax Preparers are generally individuals with some experience preparing taxes and knowledge of tax law. Regardless of experience, volunteers are trained using IRS tax materials with additional support from United Way of Hunterdon County.
- Translators work one-on-one with clients who need help interacting with their tax preparer. Volunteers fluent in Spanish are encouraged to join the team.
- Volunteer Facilitators assist clients, set appointments, and make reminder calls to clients. These volunteers should be comfortable making and taking phone calls, using the computer, and learning a scheduling software program.
Volunteers benefit by gaining new skills, including how to become an IRS-certified tax preparer. Financial professionals can earn continuing education credits, retirees can leverage their experience by helping others in our community, and college students and young professionals can add this volunteer experience to their resume.
Bill Hamilton became a UWHC tax return volunteer in 2017, with no prior experience helping others with their taxes. He tells us that “not only do we save our clients $300 or more in tax preparation fees, but the training I received from United Way and the IRS helps me make sure that our clients receive the refunds and tax credits they are due. The experience is so rewarding, especially when you see first-hand how much this volunteer role helps our neighbors who need this assistance.”
If you are interested in learning more and registering for an information session, contact Amy Andersen at 908.237.1689 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2021. Two information sessions will be offered in October, and volunteer training begins in November.
About United Way of Hunterdon County
United Way of Hunterdon County has supported our community for more than 30 years, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to thrive. We do this through a focus on poverty prevention, financial empowerment, and advocacy to create positive change in our community. For more information on volunteering and building a stronger community, visit us at www.uwhunterdon.org or follow us on social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Amy Andersen, Program Manager, United Way of Hunterdon County