Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program


 

     
The Tulsa Area United Way, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and other local organizations, assists families with free preparation of their income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

This program helps local residents, whose household income is less than $55,000 a year, to access tax credits for which they are eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Education Credit. The VITA program utilizes IRS-trained community volunteers to provide this free service to local residents.
  VITA volunteers assisted 2,456 people in preparing and filing their 2017 income tax returns, bringing over $3 million back into the community in federal funds.

This valuable service needs volunteers for the 2019 tax season.

Volunteers will receive free training that will enable them to provide this assistance to the community.

The training is offered both online and in the classroom.

VITA sites are open days, nights and some Saturdays so you can choose the schedule that works best for you!

LEARN A VALUABLE SKILL

GAIN GREAT EXPERIENCE TO ADD TO A RESUME

MEET AND INTERACT WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS

FLEXIBLE HOURS, DAYS, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS!

For more information or to volunteer,
contact Furzanna Iqbal, (918) 295-6630 or fiqbal@tauw.org

 

WHO ARE VITA VOLUNTEERS?
• Finance Professionals
• Students studying accounting/tax law
• People who have experience preparing their own taxes
• Individuals who have a desire to help others
People who want to learn a new skill
People looking for community engagement

WHAT WILL THE VOLUNTEERS
BE DOING?

Tax Preparers
• Participate in the IRS tax training and complete certification
• Prepare tax returns
• Discuss the tax return with the tax payer

Site Coordinators
• Participate in the IRS tax training and complete certification
• Provide support to other tax preparers
• Check completed returns for errors
• File completed returns


 

2019 Volunteer Training Dates

Orientation: December 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 


New Volunteer Training:

January 14th, 15th & 16th
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

January 19th & 26th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Open lab for certification assistance: January 30th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  MEET OUR VITA VOLUNTEERS
 
Volunteers Joel, Byron, Garry, Sheila, and Harvey make taxes fun at East Side Christian Church by volunteering with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). This group shares a special bond of friendship that makes their time together more than a community service project. With some of them working together since 2003, this group has a spunky sense of camaraderie. Whether it’s telling a joke or helping put thousands of dollars back into the pockets of families, this tax team knows how to make the client smile.

Interested in volunteering your time and talent? Become a VITA volunteer and help us make a difference in our community. Site Coordinator, Byron says that “We are eager to help with training. Any questions that you might have, someone is there to help.”

 

INTERESTED IN BEING A VITA VOLUNTEER?

Hear more from our volunteers!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             A lot of people show up on the weekends that I volunteer. In the past, VITA has returned more than $500,000 to the community in tax preparation fee savings, and this year we have been helping even more people than before.

- Renee M., Goodwill & The University of Tulsa

I see clients' relieved smiles once we submit their taxes.
- Kristen D., Goodwill & The University of Tulsa

People return every year and thank us for being here and helping them with their taxes.
- Joel Z., East Side Christian Church
                 

 

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