Make a Difference, Become a VITA Volunteer
United Way of California is looking for community volunteers to provide free tax preparation and help to their neighbors. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides low and moderate-income individuals and families with free, reliable assistance in filing federal tax returns. In 2020, thousands of VITA volunteers prepared millions of tax returns nationwide resulting in more than $1.7 billion returning to local communities. The program will be a resource to many during the 2022 filing season, as families continue to struggle with having enough resources to meet their financial needs.
Here are four reasons to become a VITA volunteer:
- Flexible hours. Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week. The programs are usually open from mid-to-late-January through the tax filing deadline in April with a few sites open all year.
- VITA sites are now remote or near you. Over 11,000 sites were set up in neighborhoods all over the country for this past filing season. These free tax help sites are located in nearby community centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other similar areas with flexible hours.
- No prior experience needed. Volunteers receive specialized training and often serve in a variety of roles. VITA programs want volunteers of all backgrounds and ages as well as individuals who are fluent in another language.
- Free tax law training and materials. Tax volunteers receive training materials at no charge. The tax law training covers preparing basic federal tax returns electronically and learning about tax deductions, credits, and allowable expenses that benefit eligible taxpayers.
To become a VITA tax volunteer, text VOLUNTEER to 211-211.
Join Us for a VITA Volunteer Information Session
Available in English/Spanish
VITA Volunteer Information Session
- Date: October 20, 2021
- 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
VITA Volunteer Information Session // Sesión de información para voluntarios de VITA
- Date: October 27, 2021
- 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM