Tax Prep Team
Every year, United Way of Northern New Jersey teams up with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and other community partners to provide free tax preparation for ALICE and poverty-level residents in our northern New Jersey region. Last year, more than 200 volunteers helped United Way and its partners file more than 6,000 free tax returns at libraries, community centers, and places of worship across the region. This collaboration brought back $6.6 million in refunds to struggling families and saved them $1.6 million in tax preparation costs.
Tax preparation training
Each fall, United Way recruits volunteers to become IRS-certified tax preparers. Volunteers are essential to expand this vital service and meet the growing need across the region. No experience is necessary! A free training program provides all the information needed to prepare both federal and state tax returns.
Free training is offered to anyone interested in becoming a tax preparation volunteer and who can commit four hours a week from February through Tax Day.
Volunteers can also take online certification courses through the IRS. Click here to learn the steps for volunteer training in this program. Click here to view the IRS's one-stop-shop for volunteer training.
Other volunteers needed
Not good with numbers? No problem! There are many other opportunities to get involved in tax season. We also need volunteers to:
Greet clients and assist with necessary paperwork
Provide translation services
Help residents find additional community services that may be available to them
Offer administrative support, such as scheduling and other office tasks
For more information about joining the free tax preparation team in your community, email Monica Conover or call 973.993.1160, x529.