Meet Carol Taira. She is the Vice President of Finance and CFO of Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc. She’s worked at Goodwill for over 13 years.Previously she was a Controller at Tropical Trading Company for 10 years.
Carol has extensive experience in Finance and Retail Management, she operated retail clothing stores, Esprit and Kunah’s. Graduated from University of Hawaii, BBA at accounting.
Here’s her blog contribution:
It is Spring, 2012, and with the spring flowers and showers, comes the dreaded deadline for your income tax returns. This year, the filing deadline for the federal income tax return is April 17, because April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is the Emancipation Day holiday in theDistrict of Columbia. So you have 2 extra days to file.
There’s a great program that eases the tax crunch a bit, by getting your taxes done “free” at one of the Goodwill Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics.
If you qualify, (i.e. earned $49,000 or less, do not own your own business and do not own your own home) you can call any one of the many Goodwill sites and make an appointment to get your tax returns done. The VITA volunteers will prepare and file your tax returns at no cost. It’s just another program that furthers Goodwill’s mission – helping people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.
If they qualify, anyone can take advantage of this service, so tell your friends and family about the VITA clinics. There are other locations and organizations that sponsor VITA clinics on all islands. I also wanted to remind Goodwill employees of this great benefit for them, getting their taxes done “free” at one of the Goodwill Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinics.
Many Goodwill employees also volunteer their time as certified tax preparers and greeters. I am a volunteer tax preparer at the Goodwill – Kapolei site on Saturdays.
It is a wonderful feeling to help people file their returns and, in some cases, see them get a large tax refund.
VITA Tax Clinic Sites: