Volunteers being sought to offer free tax help

 River Grove, Ill. – Tax time is almost right around the corner, and the RSVP Volunteer Program of West Suburban Cook and Southern DuPage Counties located at Triton College will provide free tax assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older.

To make the program a success and provide service to those in need, RSVP is looking for individuals interested in volunteering to participate in this free Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program.

TCE is a community-based partnership managed by the IRS that provides free tax preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income taxpayers who are 60 and older, particularly those with disabilities and non-English speakers. If individuals are looking for a way to help in the community, then consider becoming a volunteer with the TCE program.

Here are five things the IRS wants individuals to know about becoming a TCE volunteer:

No previous experience is required. Volunteers receive specialized training from certified TCE volunteers and can serve as greeters, reviewers or tax preparers.

  1. IRS provides free tax law training, e-file training and all the materials needed to prepare basic individual income tax returns.
  2. The hours are flexible. Volunteers are asked to serve an average of three to four hours per week from February through April, 13 in 2015.
  3. Volunteer sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools and other convenient locations.
  4. RSVP’s TCE sites also offer free electronic filing of federal and state tax returns.

Anyone interested in volunteering to provide this service can attend the free training sessions, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 2015, in Room R-221 of Triton’s Robert M. Collins Center. Volunteers will be taught how to assist adults in completing the 1040EZ, 1040A and 1040 federal and state tax forms. Materials are provided free of charge.

The tax counseling service is sponsored annually by RSVP. For more information or to register for the training session, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835 or 3603.

What’s coming up at Triton College

River Grove, Ill. – The following are events coming up at Triton College. All of the events listed are free and open to the public and will take place on Triton’s River Grove campus, located at 2000 Fifth Ave., unless otherwise stated.

Dec. 1-11

Fall Student Art Show, Fine Arts Gallery, Room J-107 (J Building)

Triton’s annual Fall Student Art Show will include the latest work by Triton’s art students in this exhibit. Artwork will also be on sale. A public reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 in the gallery. Regular gallery hours are 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.

Dec. 3

Hypertension Screening, 3 to 6 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria (B Building)

Triton College’s Health Services Department, in conjunction with Triton’s nursing students, will conduct a Hypertension Screening to check participants’ blood pressure and provide information on how to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3359.

Dec. 17

Blood Drive and Organ & Tissue Donor Registry, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria (B Building)

You have the power to help save a life. Triton College will have a Blood Drive and Organ & Tissue Donor Registry for all who’d like to contribute to help save a live. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3359.

Dec. 5

Holiday Concert Band Program, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center in the Robert M. Collins Center

Warm up this holiday season with the Triton College Community Band, as they perform a program of contemporary band repertoire as well as a selection of holiday favorites. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.

 

Dec. 11Winter Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center in the Robert M. Collins Center

The Triton College Jazz Ensemble presents an evening of swing and bop as well as Latin classics and contemporary standards. Soloists from the Triton Jazz Band as well as visiting guests from the Chicago jazz scene will be featured at this concert. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.

Dec. 12

Triton College Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center in the Robert M. Collins Center

The Triton College Concert Choir performs an evening of eclectic music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3506, or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.

 

CERNAN EARTH AND SPACE CENTER EVENTS:

Dec. 5-28
Public Shows, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove
The Cernan Earth and Space Center brings an array of new and favorite shows to inform and entertain families on astronomy at the planetarium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. Show admission ranges from $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens. For a schedule of shows, visit www.triton.edu/cernan. (708) 583-3100 or (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372.

ABOUT TRITON COLLEGE

Triton College is one of the nation’s premier two-year institutions of higher education dedicated to student success. Located 14 miles from downtown Chicago, in River Grove, the school offers close to 100 degree and certificate programs at its 100-acre campus that features a comfortable, friendly and diverse atmosphere. More than 12,000 students enroll at Triton each year to take advantage of Triton’s small, accessible classes, qualified faculty, affordability and financial assistance. Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; member, North Central Association. www.triton.edu

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