GPNA Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Tax Preparation

In tough times everyone is looking for ways to make life a little easier. With the Earned Income Tax Credit, working families are eligible for tax reimbursements of up to $6,044. Tax clients often spend these tax refunds locally for basic necessities such as food and clothing, home and car repairs, or medical treatment.

The Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association and the Alger Heights Collaborative have formed a partnership to bring a Kent County Tax Credit Coalition Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site to the Garfield Park and Alger Heights neighborhoods to help residents file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Free tax preparation services will be offered to low - moderate income earners.

We are currently seeking volunteers to fulfill one evening per week for a 10-week commitment. The VITA site will be open on Thursday evenings 6-9pm, from February to April at the Garfield Park Lodge.

The volunteer requirements are: good people skills, computer literacy, and completion of one eight-hour training session. Training sessions are free and provided by the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition. Upon completion of the training, volunteers are qualified for employment with tax preparation companies.

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

• Welcome tax filers
• Ensure that tax filers have all the information needed to complete their tax returns
• Ensure that clients complete IRS intake sheet

Tax Preparer
• Assist low to moderate income wage earners with completing their tax returns

Quality Reviewer/Transmitter
• Follow a check list to review tax returns after the return is prepared to ensure accuracy
• Submit tax returns electronically to the IRS
• Help trouble shoot returns that are rejected by the IRS

Training dates (additional training available on-line):
Saturday, December 7th and 14th, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, January 11th and 18th, 9am – 5pm
Monday thru Thursday, January 13th – 16th, 6-9pm

Training will take place at the United Way Center, 118 Commerce Ave SW

Please contact Fran Dalton of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association at 616-241-2443 or email at with questions or to sign up.