Tax Volunteer Spotlight: Kaz
Kazuya “Kaz” Kato was born in a small city in Japan. Following in the footsteps of his sister, he decided to come to the United States to learn English eight years ago. Kaz, who describes himself as “really good at body language” when he first arrived, is now a well-versed expert in tax law. He joined the Free Tax Campaign as a site manager in 2012 where he assisted volunteers at Bellevue Hopelink with preparing more than 1,000 returns. The Free Tax Campaign will be spotlighting our 2012 volunteers througout the summer and can find no better person to start with than featuring an exemplary member of our team, Kaz. When asked what the most enjoyable part of volunteering was, one volunteer responded “Working with Kaz. He is perfect!” We happen to think so too!
Why did you choose to be a tax site manager? What do you like about it?
I was mostly influenced from a site manager in United Way of Snohomish County when I was volunteering in 2011. He was very knowledgeable, and it became my dream position. I like how the position requires tax knowledge and quick decision-making. I like learning tax with volunteers so much.
Can you tell us about the volunteers that you worked with? What makes them so awesome?!
The volunteers at Bellevue Hopelink are very fun people to work with. The site had very friendly and warm atmosphere all the time. Their tax knowledge and researching ability were absolutely astonishing!! They really got me through the season.
What is your most memorable experience as a tax site manager?
Meeting all the talented volunteers, helping clients, giving back to the community, and learning federal individual taxation!!
What is the one thing you would like readers to know about the Free Tax Campaign?
Our volunteers are very sophisticated tax preparers. Ask many questions and help create fun learning environment to deepen understanding in tax laws and procedures.