FAQs about Being a Tax Volunteer
Do I have to be an accountant or tax expert to volunteer?
No! Our tax volunteers come from many professional backgrounds, while some are college students, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. What they all have in common is a willingness to complete our training, basic computer skills, a level of comfort preparing tax forms, and a desire to make a real difference in the financial lives of middle- to low-income families.
What is the training like?
Each year new and returning volunteers attend training classes on tax issues, credits and changes in the tax law, plus a computer workshop to learn tax preparation software and software updates. Training is available at several tri-county locations, including colleges.
How many times would I be expected to volunteer during the tax season?
Because of the training time investment, we expect each tax volunteer to pledge to work a minimum of 24 hours during the January-April tax season. All of our tax sites are open on Saturdays, while some have weekday and weeknight hours.
Can I choose where I want to volunteer?
Volunteers can choose from locations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties. Our tax sites are mainly in libraries, community centers, human resource agencies and other public spaces.