Volunteer with us!
We’re excited to welcome both new and returning friends to volunteer with us for the 2023 tax season! As a volunteer, you have a unique opportunity to build relationships with members of our community, and help them walk away with not only money in their pockets, but confidence, relief and a greater understanding of the tax system.
2023 Tax Season Volunteer Roles
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 tax law training and on-site expert support so that you can confidently complete accurate returns. With a minimum commitment of 30 hours at one of our locations, you can help us return millions of dollars to members of our community.
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.
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. If you believe your skillset, mindset, and heart are a match for these positions, let us know on your volunteer interest 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 southeast Michigan, 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 30 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, volunteers can choose from any of our locations in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties. Our tax sites are in public spaces such as libraries, community centers, and human resource agencies.
Training for the 2023 tax season is coming in mid-December! In the meantime, here are a few steps to get you ready for the upcoming season:
1. Fill out a volunteer interest form
2. Join a virtual Q&A session with our VITA team to learn more about us and what to expect this tax season. Register here!
3. Create an account in CERVIS so we can stay in touch with you and update you when training dates and details are available