The 2012-2013 tax season is upon us and the DC EITC Campaign is working hard to provide free tax preparation services and connecting low-income metropolitan area residents to asset building opportunities.
Last year, 500 volunteers helped file more than 5,000 returns, claiming over $7 million in tax refunds for DC residents and connecting many of those residents to other free financial resources!
(Note that times listed in the link are the advertised hours. Expect to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the site opening and to stay 1-2 hours after the advertised closing time. Saturdays are broken into morning and afternoons shifts for volunteers.)
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You can help by volunteering in one of the following positions:
Tax Preparer- prepares individual tax returns during the tax season. Training is held in January and volunteers must pass the IRS certification test. Click here to register as a Tax Preparer
Client Coordinator- helps clients complete the intake documents and ensure that they qualify for our services and have all the necessary paperwork. After the returns are prepared, reviews the outcomes with the taxpayer and ensures that they have copies of all returns before they leave the site. Click here to register as a Client Coordinator
Savings Promoter- provides taxpayers with information about opportunities to save money and build assets. Click here to register as a Savings Promoter
SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Specialist- provides taxpayers with information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. They are trained and supported by DC Hunger Solutions. Click here to register as a SNAP/Food Stamp Outreach Specialist
Interpreter- assists taxpayers who speak another language during the tax preparation process. The greatest needs are for volunteers who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Amharic. No specialized training is needed. Click here to register as an Interpreter
Greeter- the first person the taxpayer meets at the site. The greeter greets the clients as they arrive, manages appointments and waiting lists so that clients are served in order, and assists with the smooth operation of the tax site. Click here to register as a Greeter
Reviewer- reviews tax returns after they have been completed for accuracy and completeness. At least three years of experience with preparation of individual tax returns is required. Click here to register as a Reviewer
Site Coordinator- Site Coordinators are responsible for overseeing the operations at a tax site, ensuring that all required procedures are followed and that the site is in compliance with all IRS requirements. Click here to register as a Site Coordinator
Click Here for a detailed list of volunteer position descriptions.
Sites open on January 28 and remain open through April 15 (approximately 11 weeks), primarily evenings and on weekends.
We ask that new Tax Preparers and Savings Promoters commit to volunteer at least one 3-4 hour shift per week for the course of tax season.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
See our "Volunteer Training and Preparing for Tax Season" section for information about completing your volunteer registration form, signing up for a tax site shift, and registering for trainings.
If you have a question after reading through our website, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered, please contact Madeline Miller, the Campaign’s Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-419-1440 Ext. 110.