Volunteer Tax Preparer
New York, NY 
Posted 27 days ago
Job Description

Requisition ID: req20646

Job Title: Volunteer Tax Preparer

Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood

Employment Category: Volunteer

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

SCOPE OF WORK: The IRC's Program Quality and Innovation Unit assists offices which help newly arrived refugees and other low-income individuals reach self-sufficiency by finding entry-level employment and progress to living wage jobs; learn basic financial management skills and build assets; start small businesses; and access Earned Income Tax Credit. Under the supervision of the Tax Site Coordinator, Volunteer Tax Preparers will provide free, professional tax preparation services for low-income clients through IRC's National Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program is offering services to clients in IRC offices located in Phoenix, AZ, Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO and Elizabeth, NJ. The IRC's goal is to assist 4,000 taxpayers in preparing their returns in a safe, culturally and linguistically appropriate manner - remotely.

COMMITMENT: January- April 2021 between 3-15 hours per week. Volunteer will need to supply his/her own home workspace, computer, internet access, etc.


*Complete all IRC and IRS mandated trainings, including the Volunteer Standards of Conduct Training and Ethics; the Volunteer Standards of Conduct certification; and complete the Intake/Interview & Quality Review certification.

*Gain Basic certification to prepare taxes, however, gaining Advanced certification is preferred. To help prepare more complicated returns, certification is needed at the Circular 230, Advanced, Military, Health Savings Accounts, Puerto Rico, Foreign Student, or International tax law levels. Prepare only returns that are within your certification level(s) and within the scope of the VITA/TCE Programs

*Prepare and provide high-quality tax returns to all taxpayers. Interview taxpayers using Form 13614-C, Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet, to determine if all income, deductions, and allowable credits are claimed.

*Engage the taxpayer when preparing the tax return, to ensure understanding of the information on the intake sheet.

*Advise the taxpayer that he/she is ultimately responsible for the information on the return.



*High school diploma required. Students studying finance, accounting, or a related field, preferred.

*No previous experience as a VITA volunteer required - IRC will provide the required training for the program per IRC's and the IRS's policies.

*Excellent customer service skills, including experience working with a diverse client base;

*Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail

*High level of computer literacy;

*High level of comfort and effectiveness in working with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams;

*Strong commitment to economic empowerment of low-income and underserved populations


*In light of COVID-19 and the dynamic situation across the world, this opportunity will be a home-based, remote work assignment (instead of office-based).


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Part Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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