Register here to express interest in volunteering for the 2023 Tax Season as a Tax Preparer. By registering now, in early November you will receive an invitation to training.
For 17 years, United Way of Central Alabama has helped thousands of low-to-moderate income people each season by preparing and filling their tax returns free of charge, bringing back as much as 2 million dollars of refunds each year. With recent changes to tax laws and expansion of tax credits, the need for this service is bigger than ever.
Join our team and help our neighbors get free trustworthy assistance at tax time to claim the credits they are due and connect with other United Way services that can help them reach their goals.
Tax Preparers complete a free 8-hour basic or advanced training and IRS open book test to prepare to work one-on-one with clients (socially distantly or by telephone) to file their taxes through United Way's Tax Center. Volunteers engage with clients and ask questions to ensure accurate and complete returns are filed. Throughout the process, volunteer preparers have access to on-site tax specialists to answer questions related to filing returns. Tax Preparers are asked to commit to volunteering at least 24 hours this season.
Register here for our free live-online tax law and software training, with dates beginning in November. These trainings will help you complete your open book IRS volunteer Certification. To register for specific training click one of these options:
Tax Volunteer (VITA) In-Person Training for United Way of Central AL | United Way of Central Alabama (givepulse.com)
Tax Volunteer (VITA) Recorded Training for United Way of Central AL | United Way of Central Alabama (givepulse.com
Tax Volunteer (VITA) Zoom Training for United Way of Central AL | United Way of Central Alabama (givepulse.com)
Once certified, you can volunteer to complete tax returns for members of our community and choose days and times that best fit your schedule. If you want to volunteer throughout the year, opportunities are available as well.
COVID-19 Precautions: As a Tax Preparation volunteer you will work at the United Way office, with the option to choose whether or not you interact face-to-face with clients, or to prepare files that have already been received. Plexiglass shields are used, and masks are available to keep volunteers and customers safe during the intake process.