Its VITA time again! Not familiar with VITA? It stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This program is an amazing and impactful community initiative that helps local residents get quality tax preparation without the hefty price tag. Volunteers sign up and receive up to date training from the IRS on the current standards, rules and regulations of tax preparation. Participants in the program receive their tax prep for free. This program provides a valuable service to all the communities it serves and we are very happy to bring it back to Lynn, thanks to our sponsor BMC HealthNet Plan.
Volunteers are truly what make this program go, (aside from Rockstar Centerboard employee Marisol!), and this year will be no different. We need a dedicated staff of volunteers to fulfill several different roles. The hours are flexible, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you!
Over 4 years of Centerboard’s VITA program, our volunteers have helped to generate over $4 million in tax returns, the majority of which goes right back into Lynn’s local economy.
Here is a brief description of how you can help. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email your contact information to Marisol HERE.
Greeter/Screener – You greet everyone visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere. You screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they have the necessary documents to complete their tax returns. Tax law certification is not required for this position.
Tax Preparer – You complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax
return preparation for eligible taxpayers.
Quality Reviewer – You review tax returns completed by volunteer tax preparers, ensuring that every taxpayer receives top quality service and
that the tax returns are error-free. You must be tax law certified at least at the Intermediate level.
If you are looking to learn a new skill set, brush up on your tax skills or give a helping hand to your community, volunteer for our VITA program today!