If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community and want to help people with low-to-moderate incomes, consider applying to volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. These programs offer free tax help to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those who speak limited English to understand their tax situations.
Here are some of the perks of being a VITA or TCE volunteer:
- Flexible hours: Generally, volunteers contribute between 3-5 hours per week. Some sites are open all year, but most programs open from January–April.
- Convenience: There are thousands of VITA and TCE sites set up in neighborhoods across the country, so it’s convenient to volunteer at a location that’s close to you. Usually, these locations are in community centers, libraries, schools, and malls.
- No experience needed: You don’t have to be a tax pro to volunteer because all volunteers receive special training and can serve in a variety of roles.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov8
- IRS.gov, September 19, 2020