The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is in full swing at Bergen Volunteers.
The Bergen Volunteers VITA program offers free basic tax return preparation services to qualified individuals, including:
Individuals whose income levels are $57,000 or less
Individuals with disabilities
The program is designed by the IRS, independently managed by Bergen Volunteers as an IRS-certified partner, and supported by volunteers. Each year, Bergen Volunteers’s VITA volunteers undergo a rigorous training and confidentiality workshop. Volunteers are required to certify their knowledge of the tax laws. They also perform a quality review check prior to filing for every return that is prepared.
Due to the current pandemic, Bergen Volunteers is utilizing a hybrid system with regulated in-person document drop-offs and scheduled virtual sessions.
“Bergen Volunteers is working diligently to deliver the VITA program in a socially-distant and responsible manner,” said Program Manager, Debbie Emery. “We reevaluated our approach and developed a program that would continue to serve individuals while maintaining everyone’s health and safety.”
Upcoming virtual tax preparation dates are:
To determine eligibility for services, potential tax clients should contact Debbie Emery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-489-9454 x202 to coordinate an appointment. More information can be found on our website, www.bergenvolunteers.org/programs.