VITA / Tax Preparation

Volunteer income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers prepare and e-file tax returns for free to low- and moderate-income taxpayers providing the maximum benefits available to the tax payer saving them hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees. The 2011-2012 City of Phoenix VITA Campaign had a total of 338 volunteers donating 11,316 hours of service which represents $246,575 in in-kind services to the program.

VITA volunteers do meaningful work in the fight against poverty.

What is the commitment?

There are many volunteer positions with the VITA program. 
Volunteers require a minimum volunteer commitment of 25 hours during the upcoming tax season from end of January until April 15, at any of our locations located in the city of Phoenix. (Sites will be updated in January.) Must be a United States Citizen or be a permanent resident in the United States.

Training required:

Training to become a volunteer begins in November and runs through January. You will be contacted on which training you will be attending after you submit the application.

  • The training consists of 24 hours of classroom training at various locations (training schedule coming soon).
  • The courses are also available to take on-line; you must print off certificate to show passing of the course.
  • Other volunteer opportunities are available for those not interested in  preparing tax returns, but would still like to assist at a site.
  • Screeners and Instructors are needed and training is available.
  • Following your completion of training you will receive a tax certification which you must keep and take to your site coordinator.

 

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers

Become a VITA volunteer!

Applications are available for the upcoming tax season. Fill out the online application, and a staff member will contact you. 

For more information, call 602-534-0543 or e-mail eitc@phoenix.gov.