Make a tangible difference in your community.
Use your comfort with numbers to change lives. Both theirs and yours.
As a volunteer, you have a unique opportunity to serve members of underserved communities in Detroit and southeast Michigan by coaching them toward financial security. Your time and unique talents with numbers can make a permanent, positive impact in the lives of local people. You can witness the newfound assurance of our clients as they gain financial stability. Best of all, the clients you work with are members of your neighborhood. Volunteering with us helps you establish a meaningful connection by watching your efforts pay off first-hand. Both for our clients and yours as a volunteer.
Join a volunteer team 600 strong. As a volunteer tax preparer, you can ensure that our clients get the best return on their taxes. No need to be an accountant. We arm you with 12 hours of tax law training and on-site expert support so that you can confidently complete accurate returns. With a minimum four-day commitment at one of our 22 locations, you can help return millions of dollars to members of our community.
Tax Site Greeter
If you’re not comfortable with taxes but still want to help taxpayers make the most of tax time, as a Tax Site Greeter, you welcome clients into our VITA sites and engage them in conversations about vital financial decisions. Greeters offer taxpayers options to save portions of their refunds, to open financial institution accounts and to enroll in ongoing educational opportunities. Training and tools are provided for your four-day commitment during the tax season.
Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC)
If you are a CPA, attorney, or Enrolled Agent, you can help individuals who have disputes with the IRS settle their claims. Our clients need expertise and representation to make appeals, settle disputes, and untangle cases of identity fraud. You can be one of these critical subject matter experts.
To help those who may not be as privileged as I have been and to see that they are getting the best possible refund is an honor. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to reach out to so many people in need of getting a reliable and fair tax return. (As a college student) Preparing taxes gives me the ability to grow as an accounting expert and learn real-world experience. This experience has tremendously humbled myself and helped me grow as a person.
Volunteering with Accounting Aid Society has many benefits that may not be so obvious . . . We are able to help people and give back to our community, which in itself is wonderful. It’s actually fun to meet with people who are so appreciative of our time. Another is that we receive actual tax experience. And, since I’ve added this experience to my resume, I have many more companies interested in interviewing me. I have always liked volunteering for the feeling of giving unconditionally. That feeling cannot be bought by a paycheck or anything else.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What will I be doing?
Most volunteers help our clients file their tax returns. This is a basic service but an ongoing and desperate need. The assistance our volunteers provide as part of VITA has changed countless lives and resulted in demonstrable economic growth across Detroit and southeast Michigan. However, we are also looking for volunteers with specialized skills to help in our Low Income Taxpayer Clinics and to serve as financial coaches. If you believe your skillset, mindset, and heart are a match for these positions, let us know on your volunteer form.
Do I have to be an accountant or tax expert to volunteer?
No! We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, including college students, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. The only requirements are basic computer skills, a desire to help underserved families take control of their financial futures, and a willingness to complete tax training courses.
What is the training like?
You can take training at several locations in the tri-county area, including colleges. Both new and returning volunteers take training courses to learn more about tax issues, credits, and changes in the tax law. Training also includes a computer workshop so that new volunteers can learn how to use our tax preparation software. Returning volunteers use this training to become familiar with any software updates that have gone into effect since the previous tax season.
How much time am I expected to volunteer during the tax season?
Training volunteers is an investment for everyone. Because of this, we ask volunteers to pledge to work a minimum of 24 hours during the January–April tax season. However, our tax sites have a range of opening hours, making it easier to volunteer even if you have a busy schedule. Our tax sites are all open on Saturdays, while many are also open on weekdays and evenings.
Can I choose where to volunteer?
Yes, so long as it is at one of our designated locations. Our tax sites are in public spaces such as libraries, community centers, and human resource agencies. Volunteers can choose from any of our locations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties.
Our work is made possible thanks to volunteers from the following organizations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI
City of Detroit
Cohen & Co.
Ernst & Young
Henry Ford Community College
Macomb County Community College
Oakland Community College
Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures
State Rep. Stephanie Chang
U of D Mercy
U of M – Beta Alpha Psi
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