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Earned Income Tax Coalition Need Volunteers

12/18/2018


Media contact:
Miranda Pomiecko: (216) 698-2546; mpomiecko@cuyahogacounty.us


Cuyahoga County supports two VITA tax sites and needs volunteer tax preparers


Cleveland – Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition will be hosting free tax preparation services as part of the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. IRS certified volunteer tax-preparers complete and file the returns for free. All returns are screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition completed 13,741 federal tax returns totaling $18 million in refunds, putting that money back into the pockets of low and moderate-income families.

“The EITC Coalition needs volunteers—they are the backbone of the program,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “Helping people recover millions of dollars in tax refunds, especially for middle and low-income families, can make a world of difference. In these difficult times, any amount of extra money goes a long way to pay for utilities, food, rent, and other basic needs.”

There are several different ways to participate. Volunteers greet customers, prepare tax returns, act as tax site coordinators, or offer interpretation/translation services. Volunteers attend FREE training on tax law and policy and software training. All beginner tax preparers are required to pass an ethics test and basic tax law test prior to volunteering. Community members who want to volunteer can register online at www.refundohio.org or contact Chuck Ackerman at the Cuyahoga EITC coalition at 216-436-2000 or cackerman@refundohio.org.

While volunteers are needed at all the tax sites, the County VITA sites are at the Old Brooklyn Family Service Center (4261 Fulton Parkway Cleveland, Ohio 44144) and at the Department of Senior and Adult Services (13815 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland Ohio 44120).

Tax-payers can schedule appointments by calling 2-1-1. For more information, please visit www.refundohio.org.