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Make an impact. Become a VITA Volunteer.


What is VITA?

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax assistance to thousands of individuals and families across the Upstate of South Carolina. 

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of approximately $60,000 a year or less. In addition to providing free tax preparation, VITA works to ensure everyone in the community receives all of the tax credits and deductions for which they are eligible. The program is supported by volunteers. 

Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain valuable and eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. We also address more complicated aspects of tax law such as the Affordable Care Act and education credits and deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return (Available services) can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites. In addition to access to these credits and deductions,  taxpayers also save by avoiding the high cost of paid tax preparation. 


VITA Volunteer Impact

Volunteers are the key to success of the VITA program. Last year, nearly 400 volunteers donated around 8,000 hours of their time to assist members of the community. Over 10,600 individuals and families utilized VITA and MyFreeTaxes.com that saved $2.1 million in tax preparation fees and returned $13.2 million in refunds back to the community. With over 50 locations across the Upstate of South Carolina, you can volunteer where it is most convenient for you. All sites vary in the time that they are open and there is no minimum time requirement that you have to volunteer. You can commit as much or as little time as you are available. No prior experience is necessary and training is free! There are many different ways to be involved as a VITA Volunteer. Below are helpful links to get you started:

VITA Volunteer Position Descriptions

Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteering with VITA

 

How to Become a VITA Volunteer

1. Sign-Up.

Are you ready to volunteer? Here you will find all the information you will need to complete your registration. 

Click here to get started.

2. Attend Training.

Becoming a VITA Volunteer can be intimidating, but don't worry! We've developed a process to keep everything as straightforward as possible. Click here to learn more about our training schedule and view/sign up for sessions.

3. Complete Certification.

All VITA Volunteers are required to take the Volunteer Standards of Conduct Exam, regardless of their role in the VITA program. Once you feel comfortable with the tax preparation process, follow the link below to start the certification process.

How to get your VITA Volunteer Certification

4. Volunteer!

Once you have completed your certification, you can start to volunteer! 

Click Here to visit the Volunteer Scheduler page.


 

If you have any questions, please email  VITA@unitedwaygc.org or call (864) 382-3325