What is VITA?
Free, volunteer income tax assistance— the program helps individuals and families, with annual incomes up to $53,000, get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future. At VITA sites, IRS-trained and certified volunteers work one-on-one with filers to prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms at no charge and determine qualifications for tax credits and refunds.
You can help by:
- Preparing and filing income tax returns with filers; or
- Greeting filers, managing appointment schedules; and
- Helping filers learn about ways to save and stretch their refunds; or
- Translating languages for volunteers and filers.
What you need:
- Experience using computers;
- Time to commit to a one four-hour session per week from mid-January until mid-April; and,
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
Bilingual volunteers strongly encouraged to apply. No experience is required. Free training is provided.
What’s in it for you:
VITA is a meaningful, unique experience for the volunteers and filers.
As a volunteer, you’ll:
- Learn valuable, lifelong skills;
- Obtain an IRS certification to build your resume; and,
- Make a difference in the community where you live. Each tax return completed by a volunteer could raise a family’s earned income by an average of $1,850.
In 2015, nearly 11,000 filers received $28.4 million in federal refunds and credits through the 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and MyFreeTaxes Campaign in central and northeastern Connecticut.
This campaign was supported by United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, in partnership with The Village for Families & Children, City of Hartford, Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc., Community Accounting Aid and Services, and many municipal and community providers. Read more.
Register as a VITA volunteer and chose a training date, click here.
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