Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees, Inc.

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HIRE of South Florida Finishes Successful Filing Season - VITA

In South Florida, Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE) take VITA seriously.   For 20 years HIRE of South Florida has partnered with Stakeholder, Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) to provide tax preparation to our Spanish-speaking community.

While last year’s site had to close unexpectedly in March due to the pandemic, this year preparations were in place to launch the site as soon as filing season started.  Site Coordinator Herbert Rodriguez was able to secure a large space where tables were spaced out to allow for social distancing. PPE and hand sanitizer was offered to all taxpayers.  

Six volunteers were also ready to step up to the plate when filing season was extended to Mid-May. They graciously continued to give up time with their families to come help the community on Saturday mornings.
(See below for photos)

HIRE of South Florida welcomes everyone wanting to help others. Volunteers are from Exam, Collection, Stakeholder Liaison and SPEC, as well as IRS-retirees, and students seeking to take the Enrolled Agent exam.  Tax law and software training is provided.  This is a great opportunity to network with fellow and former IRS employees, other volunteers and the community in general. Taxpayer education is also a nice addition to your resume.

For more information on becoming a VITA volunteer in South Florida contact Herbert Rodriguez.

For more information on HIRE contact Karen Balen.
Member Spotlight  - Audrey Tucker
Audrey Tucker has been a correspondence exam technician since 2008.  Her experience as a Federal employee began in 1984.   Particularly noteworthy, is how Iris Queeman (now retired) transformed the work life of Ms. Tucker by giving her an application for HIRE membership.  Originally, Audrey was hyper-conscious of not being a Spanish-speaker from birth.  Over time, the fellowship of HIRE has molded her into an employee who eagerly embraces the awesome responsibility of providing accurate, concise information to her clients, the taxpayers.  Within the Philadelphia HIRE chapter, Ms. Tucker is now the Fundraising chair.
Member Spotlight - Evelyn Rodriguez 

Effective May 23 , 2021, I will be an official Bilingual Advocate in Guaynabo, P.R. I have been working for the local Taxpayer Services in P.R. since May 2016.

I started my career in Springfield, MASS. in Oct 23, 2006,  as an I.A.R., now called I.T.A.S. ( Information Taxpayer Advisory Specialist).

Now after 15 years of my career I will join Taxpayer Advocate. I am excited.

Thanks to H.I.R.E. family for the support.