During tax season, low-income workers often fall prey to high-fee tax preparation services and charges for rapid refunds. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program aims to change that by offering free volunteer tax assistance to Americans with incomes up to $60,000 a year at centers across the country. Volunteers are given free training in tax preparation, and those who are skittish about accounting but still want to help can contribute in a way that doesn’t require tax law certification. Last year VITA volunteers in Middletown, Connecticut helped almost 500 people file their taxes for free. VITA volunteers in Tennessee have provided tax assistance to 1400 people over the past 9 years, returning $2.5 million to these taxpayers. VITA is now seeking new volunteers across the country for the upcoming tax season.