Tax Preparation Volunteers, Urban Upbound, formerly known as ERDA.
Urban Upbound provides residents of public housing neighborhoods and other moderate, low- and very-low income New Yorkers with the tools and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency and economic mobility, and to break intergenerational cycles of poverty. The target area we serve includes the 30,000 residents of five public housing neighborhoods in Western Queens: Queensbridge (the largest public housing community in the nation), Ravenswood, Astoria, Woodside, and Pomonok. The neighborhoods where these communities are located include Long Island City, Woodside, Astoria, and Flushing.
One of Urban Upbound's most successful initiatives is our Free Tax Preparation Campaign, where we help low-income filers access the tax credits for which they are eligible - saving working families hundreds of dollars in unnecessary tax preparation fees. Additionally, tax filers have the opportunity to: enroll in Urban Upbound's workforce development program to receive assistance finding work; sign up for one-on-one financial counseling; get pre-screened for food stamps, public assistance and low or no cost health insurance; and, open a bank account.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to help make this year's tax prep season another success! As a volunteer you will have the unique opportunity to work in a dynamic, high impact, results oriented community based organization. Qualified candidates will utilize their accounting and financial skills while giving back to the community. All volunteer tax preparers are asked to successfully complete the IRS online Link & Learn course.
Long Island City does free taxes all year round!
Skills and Qualifications
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Commitment to social and economic justice
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills
- Independent self-starter
- Strong teamwork abilities
- Bilingual (Spanish; Mandarin, Korean) a plus
- Facility with numbers and commitment to learning tax law and Tax Wise software