Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin is a local, non-profit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their highest level of independence through the power of work. Goodwill SCWI employs more than 300 people in a 14-county region and provides a broad range of services. One of them is their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This year they are preparing for the largest number of taxpayers ever wanting to take advantage of this popular free service.

On this program, Kate Buenger, Director of Mission Program Development, and Joe Byrnes, VITA Program Coordinator, describe how VITA volunteers are trained to handle the many changes in the tax law and the tax preparation options available to eligible taxpayers. Clients can schedule an appointment in advance instead of being served on a first-come, first-served basis. A new service introduced last year, Valet VITA, allows taxpayers to schedule a time to drop off tax documents and a time to pick them up after completion.

Additional volunteers areĀ needed for the 2020 tax season. Goodwill provides the valuable tax preparation training, and volunteers can determine their own schedules based on their availability. No prior experience is necessary. Those with an interest in volunteering for the 2020 tax season or want additional information may call 608-246-3140, ext. 155, or emailĀ [email protected].