VITA program provides offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Student volunteers participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a program centered around providing support for individuals unable to afford tax assistance.
Training is online and self-paced, usually taking between two and three hours.
VITA volunteers are needed throughout tax season, running from early February until mid-April. There are several clinic sites in Winston-Salem, each of which have set times when students may sign up for volunteer hours.
This is hugely beneficial to low income individuals who end up doing it themselves and either do it wrong or lose out on the many tax credits available to them. It is also important to the community as a whole because significant amounts of money is returned via tax refunds to individuals and therefore the community. Learn client contact skills, like explaining legal concepts to laypersons and navigating clients through legal documentation.