NEW BRITAIN - The Human Resources Agency of New Britain is looking for dedicated volunteers to help prepare tax returns for area residents.
Through the HRA’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, VITA, volunteers help prepare income tax returns for low- to middle-income residents of New Britain, Bristol, Farmington, Meriden, New Haven, Southington, Wallingford and Vernon.
The HRA operates 12 tax preparation sites in those cities and towns and volunteers can select a location that is convenient for them.
Volunteers don’t need to be accountants, but they do need to be certified by the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS and the HRA will conduct training in early January before the tax season officially begins.
Last year, 198 volunteers in the VITA program prepared more than 5,600 tax returns, which resulted in more than $8.9 million in refunds to residents.
The program receives funding from the IRS, the American Savings Foundation and the United Ways of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, West Central Connecticut, and Meriden and Wallingford.
People interested in volunteering are asked to call 860-612-3917 or visit www.hranbct.org/Financial_Services .