One of services RSVP provides to our community is free tax preparation and financial literacy. Partnering with the Internal Revenue Service, WestArk RSVP operates TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs in Fort Smith and Rogers. Volunteers serve by preparing and electronically filing federal and state tax returns for the elderly, disabled, unemployed, active duty military and families. TCE returns are offered to those that are 60+ years of age, no income limit. VITA returns are offered to those with incomes under $57,000.
WestArk RSVP has a core group of volunteers who have been involved with tax preparation for many years. Each year additional tax volunteers are recruited enabling WestArk RSVP to assist more taxpayers. All volunteers receive annual training, are tested, and certified by the IRS. Volunteer tax preparers include retired accountants, teachers, engineers, business people and retired members of the military.