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.
Does coaching inspire you? Do you enjoy motivating others to achieve their life goals? Are you a born educator? We need these qualities in our Financial Coaches. In this 4 to 6 month volunteer engagement, you directly support clients to take financial steps that meet their goals to achieve financial independence.
Share your financial expertise with community members seeking knowledge to improve their financial position. The workshop facilitator is a flexible volunteer opportunity to facilitate workshops on specific financial topics. Our audiences vary from students to doctors to seniors and anyone in between.
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.Jack Woodberg
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.Lisa Reyes
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What will I be doing?
Do I have to be an accountant or tax expert to volunteer?
What is the training like?
How much time am I expected to volunteer during the tax season?
Can I choose where to volunteer?
What is Financial Capability?
What volunteer opportunities are available through the Financial Capability department?
Who do I contact to get financial workshops at my organization?
Lindsey Vaclav, Financial Capability Program Manager at email@example.com
Our work is made possible thanks to volunteers from the following organizations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI
City of Detroit
Cohen & Co.
Henry Ford 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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