Volunteers needed to help with income tax returns

Volunteers are being sought to help low-income taxpayers throughout Solano County fill out and file their income tax returns. Those interested must apply by calling the Children's Network at 421-7229 or fill out an application online at www.childnet.org.

Attendance is required at a total of three training sessions at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at the Fairfield Civic Center Library, 1150 Kentucky St., in order to become a certified Volunteer Tax Assistor.

The training sessions are free. Many low- to moderate-income families might miss out on some of the special tax credits they are entitled to for 2006 without the help of trained volunteer tax preparers, say Children's Network officials.

The United Way of the Bay Area and the IRS are working with community-based and nonprofit organizations throughout Solano County to make sure certain deductions and credits are not overlooked.

The Children's Network of Solano County is serving as the coordinator for the local effort, known as the "Earn it! Keep it! Save it!" campaign.

People from all walks of life are invited to apply to become a volunteer, including college students, law students, homemakers, retirees, members of civic and community groups and business people.

In addition to helping people fill-out their returns, volunteers are also needed to serve as interpreters for bilingual clients, help set up and staff tax-preparation sites and do publicity for each site. These additional roles do not require attendance at training.

Interested volunteers should call 421-7229 for more information or visit the Children's Network Website at www.childnet.org/KeepIt.

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