Want to help people in your community? The IRS is looking for volunteers for programs that provide free tax help to qualified individuals during the tax filing season.
You don’t need prior experience. The IRS-managed programs, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), are community-based partnerships that provide free tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, seniors, people with disabilities and those with limited English skills. You’ll get the training and materials you’ll need to prepare tax returns, or you may serve in another capacity. You’ll learn about taxes and help your community at the same time. And, if you’re fluent in a language other than English, you can help those who don’t speak English understand their tax return.
If you’re interested, fill out Form 14310, VITA/TCE Volunteer Sign Up, online on the IRS website, www.irs.gov, and click on the form’s “Submit by Email” button. You’ll then be assigned to work with a sponsoring organization, first to receive training and later to begin volunteering at a location in your community. The hours are flexible. Volunteers generally serve three to four hours a week from mid-January through the tax filing deadline, April 15, 2013. Volunteer sites are usually conveniently located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and similar locations. Last year, nearly 99,000 volunteers helped their communities and neighbors by preparing over 3.3 million tax returns for free at more than 13,000 locations nationwide. For more information on becoming a VITA or TCE volunteer, type "tax volunteer" in the search box on IRS.gov.