Grow Brooklyn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the assets and maintaining the financial security of New York residents. It is with this mission that we recognized the opportunity over 15 years ago to start a VITA program for the underserved Brooklyn residents. As Brooklyn’s largest noncommercial tax provider, we have grown to cover most of central Brooklyn along with southern Brooklyn. This is, in large part, thanks to our volunteer tax preparers.
Volunteer Tax Preparers will be tasked with completing high quality tax returns for low- and middle-income Brooklynites. Our ideal tax preparer would have a high interest and motivation for building on their tax preparation experience. They should also have a passion for helping the members of our community who need it most. Most of all, our volunteers should be able to practice patience, good customer service skills, and have a great sense of humor! This is a great opportunity to build valuable work experience, meet new friends, and help people who need it.
Wide ranging benefits include learning new skills or building on valuable professional experience with active work duties. We have served as professional references for many of our volunteers. Build a sense of achievement for directly positively affecting your fellow Brooklyn residents by providing them top quality tax service without the predatory service fees associated with retail tax providers. If that isn’t enough for you to sign up, we’ll also provide snacks.
All volunteers are welcome. An interest or previous experience with taxes is preferred so college accounting students as well as current and retired tax professionals tend to make up most of our volunteer pool. If you don't have any tax experience, no problem! We proide training.
All tax preparers must pass the IRS Volunteer Basic Certification via the Link and Learn training module online. Advanced Certification is also welcome. Upon completion of Link and Learn, volunteers would then be provided hands on training session to prepare them for the tax season.
- Customer Service
- ETC / Tax Assistance
- Financial Service Assistance
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- One weekly shift for the 13 week tax season