EITC Campaign Director
Tax Day is an ideal time to acknowledge the invaluable service that volunteers provide to help nearly 3 million low- and moderate-income people file their taxes and claim the tax credits they’ve earned. In 2018, volunteers at the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide programs provided skilled tax preparation and other valuable services for lower-income households at 9,527 sites across the country.
Each year, some 90,000 people volunteer to file tax returns and help run free tax preparation sites. Starting in January, they go through rigorous tax law training to pass an annual certification. In their experience, volunteers range from new preparers to those with 35 years under their belts. What keeps people returning to volunteer? For many, free tax preparation is a rewarding way to give back to their community.
Free tax program volunteers help strengthen local communities and provide millions of households with peace of mind in four ways. They help people:
From tax preparers and greeters to site coordinators and quality reviewers, all free tax filing site volunteers and staff deserve a big thank you.
To learn more about free tax filing and refundable tax credits, visit CBPP’s Get It Back Campaign, which helps organizations connect workers to the EITC, other tax credits, and free tax filing services.