Volunteer Tax Preparer-help people get their refunds


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Fri Sep 01, 2017 09:00 AM - Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 PM


Main Street (locations all over NC)SPEC: Holly Longley 919-850-1123VITA Sites are locacted all over NCNew Bern, NC 28562


We need Volunteers to learn how to prepare and file Federal and State Tax Returns using free software to help low-moderate income working families in NC. No experience necessary- Free training on-line at your leisure (some sites offer live training). We ask that you volunteer 4 or more hours a week from late January to mid-April. You can work out your schedule with the site(s) you choose. Learn a new skill, help your community, add real life experience in tax prep and customer service to your Resume, network with professionals and volunteers, gain references, possible CPE Credits, possible Internship Credits, etc.! We have sites in most counties in NC so you should be able to find a site convenient to your location and availability. Help make a family happy by ensuring you get them the biggest refund allowed! Over 239,000 people helped last year in NC & SC, and the need keeps growing. The training is usually done in the fall and then there is a break until the 2-3 week of January when the filing season opens we begin preparing personal income tax returns for low-moderate income people.

Become a Tax Volunteer and Make a Difference in Your Community

If you ever wonder how to make a difference and help people in your community, then becoming a tax volunteer may be just right for you. The IRS is looking for people who will provide free tax help in 2016. You will receive all the tax training you need so you can help others file their tax return.

The IRS sponsors two programs that offer free tax help across the country. These are the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. Many people know them by their initials. In 2015, VITA and TCE volunteers prepared more than 3.7 million tax returns at no cost for people with low-to-moderate incomes.

Here are five good reasons why you should become a VITA or TCE volunteer.

  1. No prior experience needed. You’ll receive specialized training and can serve in a variety of roles. If you are fluent in another language, you may be able to help those who speak that language.
  2. Free tax law training and materials. You’ll learn how to prepare basic tax returns and learn about tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers. These include credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly.
  3. Volunteer hours are flexible. Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week. The programs are usually open from mid-January through the tax filing deadline in April. A few sites are open all year.
  4. VITA and TCE sites are often nearby. More than 12,000 sites were set up in neighborhoods all over the country this year. They are often set up in community centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and similar places. Chances are good that you can volunteer at a site near you.
  5. Continuing education credits for tax pros. Enrolled Agents and non-credentialed tax return preparers can earn credits when volunteering as a VITA/TCE instructor, quality reviewer or tax return preparer.

As a volunteer, you’ll join a program that’s helped millions of people file tax returns at no charge for more than 40 years. Your help will make a difference. It’s people helping people. It's that simple.


  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • ETC / Tax Assistance
  • Community Outreach
  • Financial Literacy

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum 4 hrs a week for 3 months if you can
  • training & open book test; must be in US legally

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