United Way of Southwestern PA, in partnership with the Free Tax Prep Coalition, is recruiting volunteer tax preparers to support its 2019 Free Tax Preparation Campaign. More than 515 volunteers are needed to commit three hours each week to prepare tax returns for low-wage earning families and individuals from January through mid-April.

No prior tax preparation experience is necessary as United Way partners with the IRS to provide both in-person and online training and resources. Continuing education credits are available for professionals, and internship opportunities are available for students.

Volunteers must sign up before Jan. 1, 2019. Volunteers are needed at sites across Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. To sign up, visit www.swpafreetaxes.org.

Appointments for free tax preparation can be made beginning Jan. 10, 2019, by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.pa211sw.org. Households with a total annual income up to $56,000 may qualify for free in-person tax preparation; free online tax assistance is available for individuals and families with a total annual income up to $66,000.

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