Opportunity Details

Immigrant & Refugee Services, Senior Services
Immigrants, Refugees or Ethnic Groups, Low-income communities
Administrative Support/Clerical,Consulting & Professional Services

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

URGENT: VITA Tax Preparation Volunteer



Jewish Family Service of San Diego's VITA Tax Program helps low-income individuals and families file their taxes with free tax preparation services. Through this program, they also connect them to other helpful JFS resources. With volunteer support, they will help more than 400 households file their taxes for the 2021 Tax Season. 

As a VITA Virtual Tax Preparation Volunteer, you will work in-person from JFS's main campus and meet one-on-one with clients over Zoom to help them navigate the ins and outs of tax preparation. They will provide you with training that results in your certification as a volunteer income tax preparer. This detailed training involves a self-directed online curriculum. No previous tax experience necessary! This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills in tax preparation while providing invaluable help to families and individuals in need of your expertise.


Opportunity Requirements & Important Notes

  • Responsibilities:

    • Prepare Federal and State tax returns for refugee and low-income older adult populations

    • Perform quality reviews to ensure returns are prepared correctly

  • Qualifications:

    • Must be comfortable working onsite in a socially distanced manner

    • Must wear PPE

    • Must complete a Volunteer Application

    • Must complete a background check

    • Must complete HIPAA Level 3 and adhere to protecting client information

    • Must attend an orientation and training

    • Intermediate computer skills 

    • Comfortability working independently 

    • Second language skills a plus (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, or another refugee language)

    • Must speak and read English for training purposes

    • Must speak clearly and have strong verbal skills

    • Must be able to transport yourself to our main campus

    • Must be friendly and able to work well with our older adult population

    • No tax experience necessary – training to be provided

  • Time Commitment:

    • 3-month commitment (February-April 2021)

    • 1 day per week

    • 4 hours per day

  • Benefits:

    • Practice your tax preparation skills while serving vulnerable members in our community

    • Receive invitations to professional development trainings or virtual programming hosted by JFS


About Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Jewish Family Service (JFS) is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.

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Volunteers needed through 4/15/2021

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