NORMAN — Mike McCurtain and his colleagues in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program supported Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program prepared 275 tax returns for individuals last year, totally free of charge, saving clients more than $76,000 in tax preparation fees and unlocking state and federal refunds totaling almost $400,000.
All volunteers providing the VITA service at 1155 E. Main St. in the Community Service Building, are registered with Cleveland County RSVP and most also volunteer with Meals on Wheels, local food pantries, quilting projects or work with more than 50 other partner organizations. RSVP in Cleveland and McClain counties is operated through Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, who are also responsible for similar VITA sites at Shawnee and Guthrie.
This year, the VITA service is available to anyone with annual household income of less than $51,000. The Norman RSVP office will offer tax appointments every Friday and Saturday from Jan. 25 to April 13. While a drop in service will be available, waiting times can be kept to a minimum by calling 701-2133 to pre-book an appointment.
Equally, anyone aged 55 or older considering volunteering opportunities, either with VITA or any other organization in Cleveland or McClain counties, can call 701-2133.