Easing the Crunch of Tax Season

Carol Taira - Goodwill Hunter blog contributor

Carol Taira – Vice president of Finance/CFO at       Goodwill Industries of Hawaii 

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:

Oahu:

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Beretania

1072 Young St., Rm. 102

Honolulu, HI 96814

Phone: (808) 436-9947

January 26, 2012 – April 10, 2012

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Ohana Career and Ohana Career and Learning Center of Kapolei

2140 Lauwiliwili St.

Kapolei, HI 96707

Phone: (808) 436-9948

February 4, 2012 – April 7, 2012

Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hawaii Island:

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii Career Center – Hilo

200 Kanoelehua Ave., Suite 102

Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 345-1656

February 2, 2012 – April 5, 2012

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Kona

74-5599 Luhia St., F-4

Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Phone (808) 430-0608

February 2, 2012 – April 5, 2012

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Maui:

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Maui

250 Alamaha St., Suite N17

Kahului, HI 96732

Phone: (808) 281-4802

February 6, 2012 – April 6, 2012

Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Kauai:

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii – Kauai

4334 Rice St., Suite 205

Lihue, HI 96766

Phone: (808) 482-4326

February 1, 2012 – April 7, 2012

Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.