SHALIMAR The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns in Okaloosa County.


SHALIMAR The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, needs volunteers to help prepare tax returns in Okaloosa County.



VITA sites provide free income tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers (those who make $51,000 and below) who need help filing their returns. VITA sites include JobsPlus in Crestview and Goodwill in Fort Walton Beach. Training will be scheduled for early January.



Tax experience is not required. VITA volunteers are IRS trained and certified. VITA volunteers come from all occupations and include professionals, retirees, college and high school students, IRS employees and others who want to help taxpayers in their communities.



Training is available online and in a classroom setting. 



Call Elaine Courtney, 850-689-5850, or e-mail at ecourtne@ufl.edu, for more information.