Register here to express interest in volunteering for the 2022 Tax Season. This is for those that are interested in being Tax Preparers. See below to register for specific training dates.
For 15 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. United Way offers Tax Assistance through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a national IRS-supervised volunteer program.
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 volunteer at least 24 hours this season.
You will also need to register for our free live-online tax law and software trainings, with dates beginning in November. These trainings will help you complete your open book IRS volunteer Certification.
Recorded training is available by clicking here:
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.
To learn more, see our webpage: www.uwca.org/tax
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. Many clients will submit their documents online without visiting the United Way building. Customers who need to drop off documents in person will be required to wear masks, for a brief socially distant appointment separate from the preparation area, with plexiglass dividers for safety. Volunteers will have a workspace separate from the drop-off area, with individual offices and workstations for safety.