LifeBridge AmeriCorps seeking volunteer tax preparers

PARKERSBURG — LifeBridge AmeriCorps is seeking volunteers to help with tax preparation for low-income families and individuals.

LifeBridge AmeriCorps Director Megan Noveron-Hernandez said the program has teamed locally with Community Resources Inc. to bring no-cost tax-preparation services to residents in Wood, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wetzel and Wirt counties.

Noveron-Hernandez said volunteers do not have to have prior tax preparation experience.

“We train and certify them free of charge,” using an IRS training program, she said. The group is looking for greeters, reviewers and tax preparers in all counties, she said. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

The tax preparation service is available to people who make less than $58,000 a year, as well as those with disabilities or limited English.

“A lot of people are not aware we offer this service,” she said.

Locally, tax preparation will be done at the Wood County administrative offices on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week, though the exact location and times are still being worked out and will be announced, Noveron-Hernandez said. Each county also will have a regional office.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Noveron-Hernandez through Community Resources at 1-304-485-5525 or via email at mnoveron@cricap.org.

Noveron-Hernandez said tax preparation usually begins at the end of January, so those wishing to volunteer should contact her as soon as possible to arrange for training.

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