Yay! I’ve been approved. This tax season I’ll be participating in a volunteer program that helps low and moderate-income taxpayers file their taxes. There’s no cost to the taxpayer when they use this service.
I participated in this program many years ago but moved away from it when I got busy with the Dairy Queens. As a CPA, it often feels like my options for helping people are limited. In contrast, lawyers can make a huge impact in people’s lives by taking important cases on a pro bono basis and writers can gain attention for causes by writing about them and promoting them on their blogs. When you’re a numbers and spreadsheets guy, rather than a people and language person, it can feel like a struggle to find a way to use your specialized knowledge and skills to help people in a meaningful way.
So many folks find the process of completing their tax forms to be overwhelming, daunting, and mind-boggling. It’s always nice to help those folks who can’t really afford to pay a tax preparer but need some assistance in completing the forms.