Done in partnership with the IRS, The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free Tax Preparation program is the cornerstone of the United Way’s Financial Stability work. VITA Tax Preparers ensure that all clients who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) receive that credit as well as others. The EITC is one of the best poverty prevention tools this country has today.
Last year alone, United Way of Hunterdon County has brought more than $2 million back into the community through VITA. Thanks to the hard work of VITA volunteers, individuals and families also saved thousands of dollars in tax preparation fee. United Way of Hunterdon County offers tax preparation at the Community Volunteer Center and mobile sites throughout the County.
Want to know more: FAQs here!
Are you in search of a unique volunteer opportunity? Through United Way of Hunterdon County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), you can assist with tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income Hunterdon County area residents. This is a great way to help others while learning the ins-and-outs of tax preparation. Last year United Way’s tax preparation volunteers helped bring back over $2.4 million to Hunterdon County residents and employees by filing just over 1,450 returns.
This year due to the limited in-person training/interaction, we are looking for volunteers that have some experience preparing taxes and with tax law. All volunteers are trained with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax materials and offered additional support through United Way of Hunterdon County.
Not interested in crunching numbers but still looking to help? United Way is especially in need of volunteers fluent in Spanish who can donate 2-4 hours a week. The VITA Translator works one-on-one with clients that need help interacting with their tax preparer.
You can also sign up to be a Volunteer Facilitator and assist clients, make appointment and reminder calls. This year, some of our Facilitators can take and make calls from the comfort of their own home! You just need to be comfortable making/taking phone calls, using the computer, and learn our scheduling software.
United Way is especially in need of volunteers who are tech savvy as the VITA program will have a significant virtual component in order to keep volunteers and clients safe.
To learn more, contact Amy Andersen or call (908) 237-1689.