Tax Help Volunteers

About the VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

This year, the VITA program is hosted by the Senior Center in Eureka. The VITA Program offers free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income households throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  Appointment information, tax forms, and free online tax filing links are on our Tax Forms & Tax Help page.

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Volunteer: Be a Greeter or a Tax Preparation Assistant

Free training is provided, and you gain a useful skill!  the Humboldt County Library partners with the VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide tax help for community members who need it. Get trained to be a tax preparer or a greeter. Work with a great team of like-minded volunteers. You may serve in a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) location in your own neighborhood or choose to travel with other volunteers to areas that need your help.

Flexible Hours & Training

Your volunteer hours can be arranged to flex around your other commitments. There is no experience necessary to apply. All volunteers are welcome, and bilingual people are especially encouraged to put your abilities to a very good use here.  In the late fall and winter of each year, free training is provided so that volunteer tax helpers can become IRS-certified. Volunteers can expect to spend from 4 -15 hours per week greeting or preparing returns during the tax season. Call the number below to find out more about the training and volunteer opportunities.

Sign Up in November or December to Receive Training

To volunteer, please contact United Way of the Wine Country, in November or December, at 707-528-4485.  You'll be trained and ready in time for the upcoming tax season!

Benefits to the Whole Community, and to You

When you volunteer to help people receive the tax refunds they have earned and qualify for, you put money back into our local economy.  

In Humboldt County, hardworking low-income families pay several million dollars more in taxes than they should, because they are not aware of the tax credits and deductions that are intended to help them keep the money they earned. A little help from you can prevent these dollars from leaving our communities. 

In addition to boosting our economy, volunteering for VITA is a chance to engage with the public, add a great skill to your resume, and be a part of a rewarding and educational experience.

You'll be Helping Your Neighbor.

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