published Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

IRS seeks volunteers in Cleveland, Tenn., area to help prepare income tax returns

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Internal Revenue Service is asking larger employers in the Cleveland area to consider hosting Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites in 2012.

VITA volunteers provide free federal income tax return preparation assistance. Households earning less than $50,000 a year are eligible for the service.

Assistant City Manager Melinda Carroll said VITA services will be provided as usual at the city community centers and other locations.

"This is just another way they are looking at expanding the service," Carroll said.

The continuing service is provided through the office of City Manager Janice Casteel.

The VITA program is operated by local volunteers, trained and certified by the IRS, to provide the same services that a paid preparer would offer.

"The volunteers would go to the business sites on prearranged days and prepare returns," according to William Pykosh, IRS Nashville territory manager.

The city offers VITA services at the Northeast Recreation Center and the South Cleveland Community Center. In addition, Lee University's senior business students traditionally volunteer.

A schedule of days and times will be announced at the start of the 2012 federal income tax season, officials said.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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