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VITA Virtual Tax Preparation Volunteer - No tax experience necessary!

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International Rescue Committee in San Diego

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  • 26 people are interested

The IRC operates a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide FREE tax preparation services to individuals and families with incomes below the national average who would like to get the most out of their tax return. Last tax season, the IRC in San Diego’s VITA Volunteers completed more than 2,200 returns and helped our community receive more than $3.5 million in refunds. As a tax preparation volunteer, you will provide important support to individuals and families with incomes below the national average by guiding them through the tax preparation process and connecting them with other IRC resources when appropriate. You will work one-on-one with clients supporting them in navigating the ins and outs of tax preparation. This program is offering services to clients in the IRC office located in San Diego, CA.

NO PREVIOUS TAX EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! If chosen as a volunteer, the IRC will provide you with training that results in your certification as a volunteer income tax preparer. This training involves a self-directed online curriculum combined with support from IRC staff. This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills in tax preparation while providing support to families and individuals that can benefit from your expertise.

***Our VITA program will mostly likely be conducted in an online, remote format this year. This means you can join from anywhere in the US! However, this is subject to change and more details will be released closer to the start of the VITA program in January 2021.


  1. Volunteer will gain training and experience in tax preparation and customer service.
  2. Volunteer will obtain certification as a volunteer income tax preparer.
  3. Volunteer will have opportunities to connect with fellow volunteers and IRC staff with similar interests and career goals.


  • Prior to start date:
    • Complete tax preparation training online and pass the IRS VITA certification exam at the advanced level
    • Attend IRC Volunteer Orientation
    • Communicate promptly with Volunteer Coordinator and VITA Supervisor
  • While serving:
    • Prepare Federal and State tax returns for refugee communities and individuals and families with incomes below the national average, most likely online
    • Greet clients and provide a safe and comfortable environment for them
    • Perform quality reviews to ensure returns are prepared correctly
    • Communicate promptly with VITA Supervisor any changes in schedule or other needs
TIME REQUIREMENTS: Tax Preparation Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 6 hours of tax preparation per week for the duration of the 2021 Tax Season (January-April 2021). Volunteers may choose from the shifts below:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • 10 AM-1 PM (PST)
    • 1 PM-4 PM (PST)
  • Tuesday, Thursday
    • 1 PM-4 PM (PST)
    • 4 PM-7 PM (PST)


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Access to laptop, computer, or other device suitable for tax preparation assistance with access to reliable wi-fi connection
  • Familiarity with technology and computer skills
  • Second language skills a plus (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, or another refugee language)
  • Customer service experience a plus
  • Experience working with refugee and immigrant communities and diverse and/or multicultural groups a plus
  • No tax experience necessary - training to be provided
  • Background check clearance

To apply to this position, please fill out an IRC Volunteer Application here: https://rescueglobal.secure.force.com/volunteer/ and indicate that you are applying to the San Diego office and which position you are applying for. If we would like to move forward with your application, we will reach out to schedule an interview.

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About International Rescue Committee in San Diego


5348 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105, US

Mission Statement

Mission Statement: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps families uprooted by crisis survive and rebuild their lives.


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Computers & Technology
Immigrants & Refugees


Mon Jan 18, 2021 - Fri Apr 16, 2021


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Arabic
  • ETC / Tax Assistance
  • Accounting
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish
  • Basic Computer Skills


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Can join from anywhere in the US!

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