December 7, 2010 |

Volunteer help needed to prepare taxes

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato has issued a call for volunteers to help income-eligible wage earners file their federal, state and local tax returns during the 2011 tax season.

The Allegheny County Money In Your Pocket Coalition (MIYP) is a joint effort by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Family Resources, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Internal Revenue Service, Just Harvest, UCP (United Cerebral Palsy), and United Way of Allegheny County to assist residents in completing and filing their returns.

"The Money In Your Pocket Coalition is another great example of the caring and helpful community that is Allegheny County," said Mr. Onorato. "Each year, the coalition helps single parents, veterans, dislocated workers and many others get the money they deserve from their annual tax returns."

From January 18 through April 15, 2011, MIYP Coalition volunteers will help complete and file tax returns for wage earners whose annual incomes do not exceed $20,000 for an individual or $40,000 for a household that can claim at least one dependent.

The MIYP Coalition is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic team of 105-115 students, retirees and professionals who can commit to volunteering at least three hours per week at one of six MIYP locations. Volunteers must also be able to dedicate a weekend in January to be trained and certified in the basics of IRS tax preparation.

For more information about MIYP, including applying to become a volunteer and locations, visit the Allegheny County MIYP Coalition website at www.pghfreetaxes.org.

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