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Volunteer opportunity description

What is the VITA Program?

VITA is an IRS run program where volunteers help low and moderate income New Yorkers prepare taxes.  At Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, certified volunteers are trained to prepare basic federal and state tax returns for free and help qualifying low- and moderate-income New Yorkers claim credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and New York City Child Care Tax Credit. These VITAs not only offer free tax preparation services but they ensure that low-income tax filers are not marketed unnecessary predatory products or loans and make sure that filers maximize the value of their returns.

Why volunteer for the Office of Financial Empowerment at a VITA site?

You can make a difference in the lives of low-income New Yorkers while networking and gaining marketable job skills.

Why is tax time so important and who do volunteers help?

Low-income families that receive a tax refund can get as much as $6,512. This lump sum is often the largest check they will receive all year. Additionally, VITA sites help to connect low-income filers to a variety of financial services in their community by facilitating ideas for savings programs, offering start up bank accounts and providing counseling.

Where are the VITA sites located?

VITA sites are usually located throughout the five boroughs of New York City, especially in neighborhoods with very few tax preparation options.

How can volunteers apply?

Complete and submit the OFE volunteer application.

What if I have additional questions?

Please contact us at volunteers@dca.nyc.gov or dsolomon@dca.nyc.gov.

Requirements

Who can volunteer to be a tax preparer?

Anyone can volunteer to work at a VITA site once they have completed training, including an IRS-certified online training and exam; and a daylong classroom session at OFE’s Tax Time Training University.

What is the time commitment?

The 2011 tax season is from January through April. OFE asks volunteers to commit at least 4 hours weekly, for a minimum of 6 weeks during the tax season. 

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers on these days:
January 07, 2012

Volunteer opportunity location(s)

Volunteer opportunity locations map

About the organization

NYC Department Of Consumer Affairs Office Of Financial Empowerment

Contact:
Daniel Solomon
Volunteer Coordinator
(212) 487-2053
Volunteer opportunity website:
nyc.gov/ofe