We just can’t do it without our volunteers. We recruit volunteers each year in the fall for the following tax season. The tax season runs from January or February until about April 15 each year, but we bring on our volunteer team well before the season begins to make sure they are well trained and confident by the time the season begins.
It’s not just tax preparation, so if you don’t feel comfortable doing tax returns, we still need you! There are a number of roles for those who would like to help. We need people who will prepare taxes at the various VITA sites. Tax site greeters are critical for customer service; they sign participants in and make sure they have the right documents. Technical Assistants help participants who want to file their own taxes at the sites. A Quality Assurance volunteer examines every return. If you don’t have experience or tax knowledge, don’t worry! We train our volunteers and prepare them for working at a VITA site.
Volunteers in the Forsyth Free Tax program are trained in every aspect of their position so they will be confident and ready when tax sites open. Positions that require certifications take classes and take an exam for certification. Study groups usually meet to help volunteers learn the software and the tax law.
Sites open in January, and traditionally January and February are the highest volume. Most sites are very busy, even hectic at times, but our returning volunteers have loved the experience and returned every year. It’s a great way to meet new people and give back to the community.
So, if you think you’d like a fast paced volunteer position, please click here, and choose Tax Preparer (even if you want to be a greeter or QA. This just connects you with the program).
You can also contact Shirley Abdullah at ESR to sign up as a volunteer. She can be reached at (336) 722 9400 x 164.