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We Need Your Help
The Free Tax Preparation Program is in need of volunteers to train as tax preparers, greeters, and interpreters. The Free Tax Preparation Program connects low-income residents in the Suncoast Region with trained volunteer tax preparers who file their tax returns for free. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends, family, or co-workers to help low-to-moderate income households receive free tax preparation services and take advantage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. There are several volunteer locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties offering day, evening, and weekend opportunities.
Tax Help Volunteer Opportunities
Tax Preparers provide a service which benefits over 16,000 working families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties by accurately preparing and e-filing tax returns.
Greeters/Screeners welcome taxpayers as they arrive, verify that they have all required documents and information, and ensure that they fill out the necessary intake forms.
Interpreters can assist at various levels – prepare taxes, greet taxpayers or interpret only. Bilingual volunteers are needed at all sites, with a higher need in areas such as Plant City, Ruskin, and West Tampa. Volunteers will receive between four and thirty hours of training (depending on the volunteer position selected) and will volunteer at one of the free tax locations during the tax filing season from mid-January through mid-April.
Follow these TWO easy steps to become a VITA Volunteer.
- Register by completing the Tax Volunteer Application form, and
- Sign up for training by completing the IRS Certified Training form. CLICK HERE for training dates, times, and locations.
For questions on volunteering, email VITA@uwsuncoast.org or call Margarita Perez at (813) 274-0920.