VITA volunteers help pull people out of poverty

Did you know you can help alleviate the sting of poverty in the lives of hundreds of working families? Many of the people that we serve face a number of challenges- from having limited English proficiency, not being able to afford tax preparation, to simply finding tax filing overwhelming. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers work together to aid low-income households file their taxes free of charge- helping filers save an average of $176 in unnecessary filing fees (meaning the taxpayer gets to keep all of their refund). Volunteers also help to maximize refunds by ensuring taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax credit (up to $6,431 per household), and other beneficial tax credits.  Last year, volunteers at TND helped bring over $600,000 in tax refunds to the community. You can do the same! Volunteer and help people claim these important tax credits! Your work will empower others to care for their families and withstand unexpected economic changes that help reduce poverty - and you can do this all while boosting your resume!

There are many ways you can help. In addition to tax preparers, we also need greeters, people scheduling appointments and answering the phone. Each role is vital, and we'll train you. 

If you're you interested in tax preparation but worried about learning tax law or making a mistake on someone's taxes, relax, we've got you. VITA volunteers are protected under the volunteer protection act. You'll attend a training on tax law and learn to use the tax software. In the first couple of weeks, we'll pair you with an experienced volunteer, and after you finish each return, someone will thoroughly check all of your work. There will also always be a site coordinator and other experienced volunteers to help answer any questions you may have. 

Whichever role you choose,  we will help you with what you will need to fulfill that role, or we can help you find the one that's right for you. If you’re interested in being a part of a group of people using their skills to lend a hand to others, click here.