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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Done in partnership with the IRS, The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is the cornerstone of the United Way’s Financial Stability Initiative and is the centerpiece for the United Way Financial Resource Center.

In 2015 alone, United Way of Hunterdon County has brought almost $1.7 million back into the community through its IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Thanks to the hard work of VITA volunteers, individuals and families also saved thousands of dollars in tax preparation fee. In addition, United Way of Hunterdon County is able to offer tax preparation in their Flemington office, as well as mobile sites throughout the County.                                                                                     

Unique Volunteer Opportunities:

Tax Preparers:

Volunteering to assist with tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income Hunterdon County area residents is a great way to help others while learning the ins-and-outs of tax preparation. Volunteers are trained with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax materials and offered additional support through United Way of Hunterdon County.

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), you will learn to prepare simple federal and state tax returns. In return, you will be asked to donate about 4 hours a week helping at a VITA site from the beginning of February through April 15th.  Our VITA sites electronically transmit tax returns (e-file).  If you’re interested in learning to e-file tax returns on a volunteer basis, then VITA can teach you.

Once certified, volunteers are assigned to VITA sites in neighborhood community centers, libraries, and churches in locations convenient to VITA customers. 

Client Greeters:

Not interested in crunching numbers, but still looking to help? Consider volunteering as a Greeter at a free tax preparation site in Hunterdon County. Volunteer Greeters assist tax preparation clients as they fill out paperwork, ensure clients have brought in all of the paperwork needed to complete a tax return, make reminder phone calls to clients, and provide clients with additional community resources they can access once their return has been completed.

Don’t wait!  For more information or to volunteer, contact Maria Alvarez at maria@uwhunterdon.org or call (908) 237-1689.