Keith Leonard, volunteer tax preparer

Salt Lake City, UT  –  It’s April, which means that April 15 tax deadline is looming. For some people, that may mean a visit to their accountant, but for others, that date may be approached with dread, confusion, or even fear.

For the past fourteen years, Keith Leonard, Samaritan VP for Client Services and Operations, has volunteered for at least 10 hours a week during tax season assisting eligible citizens and residents with filing their tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

VITA tax preparation

Volunteer, Keith Leonard, with taxpayer, Abe Barlow, filing taxes

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, elderly or limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

VITA volunteers are recertified every year by passing a rigorous tax law test. So why does Keith keep donating his time to VITA? His response will be familiar to all Samaritan clients and their volunteers, “I love the challenge and I feel like I’m really helping people.”

Samaritan has been assisting VITA with their volunteer software since 2009, by designing a referral platform, and providing customer support and training.

At Samaritan, we don’t just design volunteer management systems, we VOLUNTEER!

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