Imagine helping someone put food on the table or saving someone from a mortgage foreclosure.
VITA volunteers help working individuals and families keep their hard-earned money. This past year, volunteers prepared approximately 4,955 tax returns for individuals and families in your area. Refunds to those using this free service totaled nearly $4.3 million dollars!
An emphasis is placed on helping eligible taxpayers receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and not spend unnecessary income on tax preparation and expensive refund advance loans each year.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana is recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers, greeters, and site coordinators at sites throughout Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis parishes. Flexible hours and locations are available.
Income Tax Assistance Volunteer
As a trained tax preparer, volunteers will assist qualified clients by preparing simple tax returns.
All volunteers receive FREE comprehensive training and certification in partnership with the IRS. No experience is necessary. Volunteers receive the materials for self-study on basic income tax law for federal returns.
In addition, several specific training sessions will take place beginning in November through early January prior to the kickoff of tax season. Volunteers are covered under the Volunteer Protection Act and are not accountable for tax returns filed to the IRS.
VITA VOLUNTEER IRS CERTIFICATION TRAINING
Dates are TBA
Become A Trained Tax Preparer
We are currently seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Volunteer Tax Preparers help individuals and families prepare their tax returns and ensure all eligible taxpayers receive their qualifying tax credits.
Volunteer Greeters welcome VITA participants to the site and ensure that they are prepared with all required documentation to meet with the tax preparer.
Volunteer Site Coordinators/Quality Reviewers manage the operations of the United Way VITA site, including volunteer staff and quality control.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Engage in meaningful volunteer work for people who are truly grateful for your assistance.
- Free Training and flexible hours
- Gain valuable and marketable skills (Looks great on a résumé)
- Returning volunteers have opportunities for leadership roles or advanced training
Questions – Contact Kimberlie Heckard at 337-433-1088 ext: 210 or by emailing us!