About VITA Volunteers
Orange County United Way is seeking volunteers for the 2016 OC Free Tax Prep Campaign. The Campaign offers free tax preparation services countywide through the IRS-based volunteer program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Our VITA volunteers enjoy connecting hard-working tax-paying families to eligible federal and state tax credits and refunds.
The campaign starts January 16th and runs through April 18th, 2016. No experience is necessary; the campaign will provide you with the training and tools to be a successful volunteer. Volunteer training runs through January 30, 2016.
What volunteers positions are available?
- Tax Preparer: Tax preparers assist taxpayers with their tax returns during the tax season. Volunteers will complete a training course and become IRS certified to prepare taxes. Bilingual tax preparers are always in high demand.
- Screener: Screeners are responsible for assisting clients with the intake form and ensuring taxpayers have the correct tax documents and identification. This is a critical role as it is the initial point at which important tax return information is gathered and verified.
- Interpreter: Interpreters aid taxpayers by working alongside the tax clients and tax preparers. Spanish speaking Volunteers are always needed. Training is provided by each tax site.
- Greeter: Greeters welcome tax filers to the tax site during the tax season, and may also inform taxpayers about other available community resources. Training is provided by each tax site.
If you are interested in becoming a United Way VITA volunteer, please contact us now!
Volunteers are required to complete the IRS certification process and may serve the VITA program throughout the tax season or during preferred times and locations.