CRESTVIEW — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is an IRS initiative led by the United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties to provide free income tax preparation.

The program offers free tax return preparation assistance to people with low to moderate income. Florida’s VITA programs have aided working families in receiving more than $14 million from the Child Tax Credit, providing taxpayers a financial boost.

VITA assistance can help residents retain funds, save and spend locally.

The group is recruiting volunteers to work in the Crestview and Fort Walton Beach communities. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed.

Volunteers should commit to at least four hours per week Jan. 17 to April 17 at a VITA site.

As a VITA tax preparation volunteer, you will receive IRS training and certification, expand your knowledge of federal tax return procedures, add a new skill to your resume, serve local citizens and help stimulate the local economy.

Email cindy@united-way.org or call 243-0315 for more information. Include all your contact information along with the location you would like to serve: Crestview or Fort Walton Beach.