Tax Volunteer Spotlight: Everyday is a new challenge and experience
As a first time volunteer, Kady took on the challenge of volunteering at two tax sites. Fluent in three languages (Mandingo, French, and English), Kady juggled the responsibilities of being a wife and mother of three children to volunteer at Highline Community College and Auburn tax sites. When Kady is not preparing taxes, she likes cooking, enterprising, and watching her favorite television show “Mad Money”.
Why did you choose to be a tax volunteer? What do you like about it?
At the beginning, being a volunteer was for me the opportunity to escape for a few moments from my housewife duty; but after a week, it become more than that. I meet many different people and I was very happy to be around people. This allowed me to realize how the community needs help and I felt part of group; where each of us gives their best to make the community to function in the right way. I really don’t have the free time but I manage some time to help others and I was very happy to do so.
As a tax volunteer it makes me feel like having a job. I have a duty to help and make sure I can give my best to relieve people from their tax anxiety. At Highline, I was really happy working with the small business owners; it gives me the opportunity to face those CEO’s and exchange with them to have a great return. My experience at Highline makes me more confident each day because I have the opportunity to learn more about individual income tax and business tax and get the professional experiences. With the economy so bad, we help a lot of families and small business to save a lot of money by doing their taxes for free.
What was it like volunteering at two different sites?
Every day was a new challenge and new experience for me. At the two sites, I have some good and bad days with some clients. My goal was to make people happy by taking time to explain to them what their income tax is about it.It was fun, I did enjoy it, working in two different sites with to different software’s; make me feel like I am inside two different companies, I adapt myself to what each site had to offer. However, the first week, it was confusing. Based on the structure of software they have differences through the opening to the ending. At Auburn site, the software is saved on hard drives, kind of old fashioned opposed to Highline where you get to the software by the internet, kind of modern-update. The work was done in some ways differently (questions, printing…) at Highline compared to Auburn because of the technology; but the final result is the same.
What is your most memorable experience as a tax volunteer?
At Auburn site, one of my clients surprises me with the flower after I finished filing his tax. That was a type of thank you that is hard to forget.
What is the one thing you would like readers to know about the Free Tax Campaign?
As a volunteer, we have to accomplish the training program, also along the season the site managers have to review and approve the return before sending it to IRS.
With the slow economy, try to save a penny and use it wisely, will be the best thing to do.
Many families have experienced a difficulty to satisfy their basic needs. The Free Tax Campaign is the opportunity for those families to file their taxes for free. As volunteers, we were happy and pleased to serve anyone in need. A lot people put their trust on our Free Tax Campaign because our honesty and strong behavior to follow the law.
I encourage people to come each year to do their return, it’s “FREE”!
Favorite Food: Seafood
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Open a business “International Trade”, start a Foundation that would help with health care and education, also guarantee my children’s education.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Social- Independent- Creative