VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national IRS sponsored program that provides free preparation of federal and state tax returns for households with income less than $54,000.

VITA volunteers help complete and file tax returns for those who can’t afford professional tax preparation services. In 2018, 84 volunteers contributed 4,703 hours to the VITA program. They prepared 2,225 federal tax returns. This saved VITA clients $310,816 in tax preparation fees and helped them claim $3.6 million in federal and state tax refunds.

Roles Available

A greeter only needs to register, fill out some forms, pass a ten-question ethics quiz, and attend a one-hour training session.

A tax preparer needs to register, fill out some forms, pass a ten-question ethics quiz, attend a class that prepares the volunteer for the IRS Tax Preparer Certification, and pass the certification exam.

During the tax season, both the greeter and the tax preparer volunteer can select volunteering time slots of three hours per week for the ten-week tax season. Time slots are available during the day, in the evening and on Saturday.

All VITA slots for the 2018-2019 tax season have been filled. Please contact Cliff Ehlinger at cliff.ehlinger@uweci.org if you would like to be contacted next year.