Tax Season 2022

This Tax Season, Food Bank will be offering three models of tax filing services: Contactless In-Person (working onsite alongside other volunteers to file returns dropped off in advance by clients), Social Distanced In-Person(working onsite alongside volunteers to file returns brought in day of by clients), and Virtual(serving remotely from your personal computer to file returns submitted virtually by clients). NOTE: Volunteers must present proof of vaccination for in-person volunteer shifts.

Register for our upcoming info sessions to learn more about how you can become a Volunteer Tax Preparer with Food Bank!

Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer Tax Preparer with Food Bank

Food Bank For New York City’s FREE citywide tax assistance program has put more than $1 billion back into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers. We rely on dedicated volunteers to support this impactful anti-poverty work. No financial experience needed – volunteers of all professional backgrounds welcome!

AS A VOLUNTEER TAX PREPARER, YOU’LL HAVE THE CHANCE TO:

  • Return an average of $35,000 in refunds to low-income New Yorkers.
  • Build relationships with fellow tax volunteers at weekly sessions from January – April.
  • Obtain FREE basic IRS tax certification and transferrable financial skills.
  • Receive an invite to our virtual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the end of the tax season.

How Do I Get Started?

  • 1. REGISTER FOR FOOD BANK VIRTUAL TRAINING

    NOTE: Prior to attending your first virtual training session with us, please ensure you have created an IRS Volunteer Account at www.LinkandLearnCertification.com and completed the 2021 Basic Certification or Advanced Certification. 

    • FOR RETURNING VITA VOLUNTEERS
    • FOR NEW VITA VOLUNTEERS
    • FOR ADVANCED VITA VOLUNTEERS

    Returning to serve with VITA? Sign up for a refresher session below!
    Only one session required for returning volunteers – click to register. All trainings are held virtually via Zoom.

    New to VITA? New volunteers are required to complete both ONE Part 1 training session and ONE Part 2 training session — mix and match to select your most convenient dates for each part below! All trainings are held virtually via Zoom.

    Did you pass the Advanced IRS Certification Exam? Advanced volunteers are required to complete both the Part 1 training session and Part 2 training session. All trainings are held virtually via Zoom.

     

    Training Session Part 1:
    (Click to register)
    Saturday, January 8th (9:00am – 1:00pm) 

    Training Session Part 2:
    (Click to register)
    Sunday, January 9th (5:30pm – 9:30pm) 

     

  • 2. COMPLETE IRS TAX CERTIFICATION

    Work through the certification modules at your convenience. We estimate you’ll need between 10-15 hours to complete them all – which you can take straight through or break up into increments that work for you! Once you’ve completed the modules, you must complete these three Link & Learn exams on the IRS website: 1) Volunteer Standards of Conduct Exam2) Intake/Interview and Quality Review Exam3) Basic Exam.

    We've got study guide videos to help you prepare!

    These free videos will help you prepare for the three required certification exams – be sure to reference them as you study!

    download our VITA Volunteer Essential Links Toolkit

    This sheet contains links to all the VITA, IRS Certification, and Study Guide resources you may need to help you get started.

  • 3. SEND US YOUR PASSING TEST RESULTS

    Email your passing test results to us at taxvolunteer@foodbanknyc.org prior to starting your virtual Food Bank training (which you signed up for in Step 1).

  • 4. ATTEND VIRTUAL TRAINING AND START YOUR SERVICE

    Attend the virtual Food Bank training(s) you registered for in Step 1 and begin serving with VITA!