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VITA Tax Preparation Volunteer

Start date: January 15, 2018
Last updated 

The core of the VITA program, volunteers serving 8-10 hours per week preparing returns. No tax experience needed, IRC provides training and support, certification required.

Location: City Heights or el Cajon office

Dates Needed/Minimum Commitment:

  • Commitment from January to April 18th
  • Minimum 8-10 hours per week

Times Needed: (subject to change)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm

Tuesday, Thursday

  • 1pm-4pm or 4pm-7pm


  • Prepare Federal and State tax returns for refugee and low-income populations
  • Greet clients and help them check-in for appointments
  • Perform quality reviews to ensure returns are prepared correctly
  • Answer phone calls
  • Schedule client appointments


  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Second language skills a plus (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, or another refugee language)
  • No tax experience necessary – training to be provided


  • Attend a general IRC Orientation (1 hour)
  • Attend Tax training (date TBD)
  • Pass IRS certification exam (Advanced level)