who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer. No prior experience or knowledge of taxes or accounting is required to be a VITA volunteer. You will be trained and help will always be available.
Being a VITA volunteer is more meaningful than a typical service project and involves learning a useful life skill. Because of this being a VITA volunteer requires time and preparation. Volunteers must become certified by passing online tests. But don’t worry, we’ll prepare you and help you along the way. VITA volunteers are not required to come to every VITA day or stay for the full time. You will be free to volunteer as you have time.
what do volunteers do?
Volunteers mostly work one on one with clients that come in to get their taxes done. Using the client’s documents, volunteers will prepare and submit tax returns electronically. Help is always available to all volunteers. A few volunteers each day will fill other roles including greeting and assisting clients while they wait. There are multiple ways to serve so you can be sure to volunteer in a role you feel comfortable in.
Training will be held on January 19 & 26 from 9am-12pm. Please be on time. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. You will be trained by the IRS and our local VITA Site Coordinators on VITA, our site, basic tax law, and how to prepare a tax return using online software.
The VITA Site will be open on Saturday, February 2, from 5pm-9pm for volunteers to prepare their own taxes, or those of a friend, if they wish. Also, help will be available for anyone who still needs help passing the certification tests.
The USU VITA Site is open on Tuesdays from 5pm-9pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-1:00pm.
The USU VITA Site will be open to on the following dates:
February 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 March 2, 5, 19, 23, 26, 30 April 2
The USU VITA Site is located on the Utah State University campus in the basement of the Business Building. The lab is in room B120 in the southeast corner.