United Way's VITA program needs volunteers for 2018 tax season


GREENVILLE, S.C. — United Way of Greenville County is seeking volunteers to help provide free tax preparation services during the upcoming 2018 tax season.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a United Way financial stability program that offers free tax preparation and filing services to individuals and families with an annual household income of $60,000 or less. IRS-trained and certified volunteers ensure participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions.

Volunteers are the key to the success of the VITA program. Last year, nearly 400 volunteers contributed more than 8,000 hours of donated time (estimated value of $168,000) to assist members of the community. Over 10,600 individuals and families saved $2.1 million in tax preparation fees during the 2017 tax season.

With 50-plus locations across the Upstate of South Carolina, volunteers can serve at a location that is most convenient to them. Since site hours vary by location, volunteers are able to commit as much time as they wish during the season. There is no minimum time requirement that volunteers must participate.

No prior experience is necessary and training is free.

There are a variety of ways to become involved as a VITA volunteer, including Intake Specialists (Greeters), Tax Preparers, Site Coordinators and Interpreters. Attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents can also receive up to 18 Continuing Educations Credits for free by becoming a volunteer tax preparer.

“In addition to being a flexible and fun volunteer project, VITA volunteers get the benefit of having a very real and immediate impact on the lives of the people we serve,” said United Way Regional VITA Program Manager Craig Shoemaker. “Our volunteers end the tax season with a warm heart and a feeling of satisfaction knowing they’ve helped people build a Cycle of Success through financial stability.”

For more information, or to sign up to become a VITA volunteer, visit www.VITAvolunteer.org