If residents are looking for a volunteer opportunity in which they will receive free technical training and the chance to make a positive impact on San Antonio families, they can volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the IRS.
Each year, thousands of San Antonio taxpayers receive free income tax preparation help through the VITA program. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns for individuals and households earning up to $55,000 during the federal income tax filing season. In 2012, VITA volunteers operated 23 sites across the city and completed more than 35,000 tax returns, recovering more than $60 million in tax refunds for individuals and families.
San Antonio's VITA Program is ranked as one of the best performing tax assistance programs in the nation. All volunteers receive free IRS-certified training when they sign up and commit to serving at a VITA site during the income tax season.
Volunteer training is scheduled to begin mid-December 2012 and continue through mid-January 2013. To sign up, register online at vitasa.org. Residents can also get more information about becoming a VITA volunteer by contacting the VITA Volunteer Coordinator at (210) 222-2975.
The City of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Inc. coordinate the VITA Program each tax season through the Alamo City Coalition for Economic Self-Sufficiency.