Looking for ways to partner with Viatorians in their mission to help “those accounted of little importance?”

Associate John Dussman (seated) helps a parishioner file his tax return with the help of a Spanish interpreter.

Here’s a way that offers real benefits: St. Viator Parish in Chicago is gearing up for its IRS-sponsored Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For the past three years, Viatorian associates have led this mission and the need is growing.

Consequently, St. Viator seeks volunteers who would be trained to assist lower income individuals and families with their tax return obligations.

The program offers free tax help to people — especially persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers — who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

“No previous tax experience is necessary, but good computer skills are required,” says Associate John Dussman, who coordinates the project, “and accounting and financial experience is helpful.”

Some of the program’s dedicated volunteers include: (L-R) Lorenzo Segura, Colleen Connolly, Ellen Ryske, Jackie Dupon, Lou Puhl, and John Dussman, center.

Volunteers must satisfactorily complete a test to become IRS-certified tax preparers.  Those interested must be able to commit to at least two to four Saturday morning sessions per month during the tax season, which begins in February and runs through April 2020.

If interested, please contact Associate John Dussman at 312-320-8852 or Fr. Patrick Render, CSV, St. Viator Parish pastor, at 773-286-4040.

St Viator Parish is located at:  4170 W. Addison St. in Chicago, IL 60641