International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Financial Education and Tax Program

The IRC Financial Education Program teaches refugees the basics of the US financial system and encourages good habits in budgeting, credit, tax preparation, and banking.  

The IRC also operates an IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program during tax season.  The tax program helps low-income individuals and families by preparing their taxes for free and linking them to other IRC services if applicable. 

If you are interested in become an IRC Tax Volunteer, you will need to be available at least 6 hours per week, Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.  Tax volunteers will become certified as a volunteer income tax preparer through a combination of self-initiated online training and mandatory classroom training.  Volunteers will be responsible for preparing accurate tax returns for clients, many of whom have low English levels.  Training includes a 16 hour mandatory classroom training on tax preparation, benefits screening, and other IRC programs, which will take place in early January, most likely on the weekends and an online Link and Learn training provided by the IRS and take the certification test. 

The first step to becoming a tax volunteer is to attend an IRC Volunteer Orientation. Click here to learn more.

For more information, contact Jason.Jarvinen@Rescue.org.

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