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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Volunteers (VITA)

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing and e-filing their own tax returns. Volunteers receive free training to prepare basic tax returns. No prior tax preparation experience is required. During the 2017-2018 tax season, our volunteers at 17 VITA sites assisted over 4,200 households who received over $6.2 million in tax refunds.

There are many different volunteer positions available with the VITA program:

TAX PREPARER - Prepares basic tax returns. Volunteers will receive free classroom or online training offered in November and December to become IRS Certified Tax Preparers. We recommend volunteers who have no prior tax experience attend our classroom training. Tax professionals volunteering for VITA in this role may be eligible for Continued Education Credits.

GREETER - Greets taxpayers and helps them to check into the VITA site. Training will take place in January.

SCREENER - Screens taxpayer's documents prior to them meeting with the tax preparer. Training will take place in January.

SITE COORDINATOR - Provides general VITA site management and coordinates the volunteer coverage. Answers tax law and TaxSlayer software questions. Site Coordinators must obtain advanced tax law certification, at the minimum. Training for this position begins in November.

INTERPRETER - Assisting with tax preparation by providing interpretation services for VITA clients in either American Sign Language, Chinese or Spanish.

TAX LAW INSTRUCTOR / ASSISTANT - Instructs tax law and tax preparation software. A sound knowledge of basic tax law and adult learning is necessary for Instructors and preferred for Assistants. Training takes place in October and November.

QUALIFICATIONS
* Ability to work as a volunteer one shift per week (4hours), totaling 30 hours from mid-January to mid-April
* Strong verbal and communication skills
* Good interpersonal skill and comfortable working with a wide range of people
* Committed to strengthening families by increasing their self-sufficiency
* Provide 24-hour cancellation notice when unable to volunteer at your site
Minimum Age:
     16
Volunteer Type:
    Adult (18 - 64), Older Adult (65+)
Commitment:
     Weekly
Sponsoring Organization:
     Human Services Dept - VITA Program
Location

AZ 

Requirements

Training begins in Fall 2018.
Tax season begins January and ends mid April 2019.

Contact Information

Sanida Starr
VITA Volunteer Liaison
(602) 262-4948
Sanida.starr@phoenix.gov

Opportunity Schedule

NEW VITA VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION @ Sunnyslope Family Service Center 914 W. Hatcher Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85021
12/11/2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Available Positions: 21