NeighborWorks Umpqua needs volunteers for tax preparation sites

NeighborWorks Umpqua in Roseburg (File/SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- NeighborWorks Umpqua is seeking interested persons to volunteer for their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site for this upcoming tax season in Roseburg and Coos Bay areas.

No experience is needed to volunteer, but all interested persons need to commit to volunteer a minimum of 80 hours (40 training hours and 40 tax filing) in either the Roseburg or Coos Bay areas.

After passing the IRS exams to be a volunteer preparer, volunteers will work as a team to prepare and file taxes for interested individuals.

“We are honored to have partnered with the IRS to open these sites and serve our community,” explains Katelyn Dzialowy, Volunteer Coordinator with NeighborWorks Umpqua. “With these volunteer led tax sites, we are hoping to increase participation in tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that are often missed with self-filing.”

According to the Senate Majority Office with the Oregon State Legislature, in 2013 – the most recent year of available statistics – Oregon’s participation with EITC was 74 percent, falling well below the 80 percent national average.

NeighborWorks Umpqua hopes to increase that number by helping individuals file their taxes and participate in the EITC along with other tax credits that could be missed.

Tax preparation sites will open February 5, 2018, and go through April 14, 2018.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Katelyn at or 541-673-4909.

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