Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Preparer
Become a Volunteer Tax Preparer
Imagine the difference an extra $1,400 can make for a struggling family. That was the amount of the average return from our Tax Preparation program in 2013, and it added up to a staggering $20 million in refunds and credits for low-income New Yorkers.
We need 350 volunteers to beat these numbers this tax season. Join us at an information session to see how you can be a part of this incredible program. If you're a new volunteer to New York Cares, you must also attend a one-hour new volunteer orientation.
You Don't Have to Be a CPA to Help
Many of our tax preparers have little or no tax experience – all you need are basic math and computer skills. Our comprehensive two-part training gives you everything you need to become a certified IRS volunteer tax preparer.
Once you complete the online training (about 8-12 hours) and attend a practice session, you can sign up to volunteer on either one evening or daytime shift a week or every other Saturday for the duration of the tax season, January through April. You can pick from sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.
Attend an Info Session to Get Started
Each tax season we recruit volunteers to help clients file taxes through this free VITA program. We hold information sessions from October through December to share the requirements and impact of the program. You must attend one of these sessions to become a VITA Tax Prep volunteer.