CASH Oregon, in partnership with AARP Tax Aide Foundation and the IRS-VITA, is a free tax preparation program that assists those most likely to overlook their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
This group includes older adults, workers experiencing disability, grandparents raising children, English language learners and others.
It is a reliable resource that can steer the most vulnerable away from predatory lenders selling high-cost loans advertised as “fast refunds” and resulting in even less money in their pockets.
The organization is currently looking for tax prep volunteers to prepare accurate returns with ongoing support from fellow volunteers.
Volunteers do not need any knowledge or experience with tax preparation. To ensure all volunteers are comfortable and knowledgeable in the tax services they will be providing, CASH OR has developed a comprehensive curriculum, all provided at no cost and adjusted to be completely virtual this year.
Training for volunteers will begin in November and continue through January in a combination of learning at their own pace and through webinars. The 40+ hour training will allow volunteers the tools needed to prepare taxes and the knowledge to pass IRS certification.
Once certified, volunteers will be assigned to one of 50 tax preparation sites based on interest and availability. Some physical sites will be open, but there will be virtual/remote options as well.
During tax season, February 1-April 17, volunteers must contribute a minimum of four hours per week and have access to high speed internet.
For more details and to sign up, visit cashoregon.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.676.3324.