How does the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and MyFreeTaxes.com (MFT) programs help our community?
VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $64,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible.
Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites.
As a VITA/MFT Volunteer, YOU can be part of our impact. Learn new skills, build your resume, and support your community! Serve as a greeter or tax preparer.
Become a VITA volunteer:
- NO prior experience is necessary!
- FREE guided training and certification through the IRS is provided by United Way.
- Flexible schedule, giving 1 to 5 hours per week during tax season (January- April).
Greeter: Greets clients as they arrive and ensures that clients have all required documents. Greeters will need to complete a brief online IRS ethics training and attend the pre-season orientation in January.
Tax Assistant: Assists clients who choose to complete their own taxes on MyFreeTaxes.com at a VITA site. Assistants must complete an in-person training session in the fall and attend the pre-season orientation in January.
Quality Reviewer: Check completed tax form for errors utilizing IRS checklist and advise tax preparers of changes to be made. Participate in IRS training and complete advanced level certification.
Site Coordinator: Coordinate operations of VITA tax site. Participate in IRS Training and complete advanced level certification.
Interpreters: Assist in translating with taxpayers who have limited English proficiency.
Sounds great! Where do I sign up?
If you're interested in becoming a VITA volunteer, please fill out this form by CLICKING HERE
For more information call Natalie Combs at 239-261-7112 x206 or send an email.