Volunteers invaluable in providing free tax help

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments


Volunteer to help others in your community

Internal Revenue Service
News Release

HONOLULU — Last year, in Hawaii, more than 600 Hawaii residents gave back to their communities as volunteers who provided free tax services by preparing more than 16,000 federal and state individual income tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

“The IRS and its partners are looking for volunteers that are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns for people whose incomes are $54,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help give back to their community.”

• Volunteers

Anyone can be a volunteer. Bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. Volunteers can help in three separate capacities:

  • Return preparer,
  • Site coordinator (site supervisor or site manager), and
  • Greeter.

Site coordinators (supervisors) may also prepare returns. Greeters will generally also answer simple questions and distribute forms.

Income Tax Forms

Income Tax Forms

• Training

Volunteers are provided with training materials on how to prepare basic individual income tax returns and, in most cases, how to file them electronically. Instruction will cover both federal and Hawaii state tax returns.

Training is usually between November and January, and volunteers generally study online with Link & Learn Taxes to obtain their volunteer certification. The Link & Learn program is an interactive course that teaches all the basics needed to prepare simple income tax returns accurately for individuals. Classroom training may also be available.

Once certified, volunteers spend as little as three to four hours per week volunteering between the months of February and April.

Last year, millions of people received assistance through nationwide VITA/TCE programs.


• To Volunteer

Send an email to taxvolunteer@irs.gov or contact any of the following organizations:

  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. You can sign up to volunteer at www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer.
  • Goodwill Hawaii. Individuals interested in volunteering may contact Justin Martin via email at jmartin@higoodwill.org.
  • Hawaii Tax Help & Financial Empowerment Solutions. Call Susan at (808) 381-0881 or visit www.hawaiitaxhelp.org.
  • Leeward Community College VITA Program. Call Roy at (808) 455-0294 or visit kamida@hawaii.edu. Get more details at www2.hawaii.edu/~kamida.
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Legal Aid is Hawaii’s oldest and largest nonprofit law firm. Every year it assists individuals to file their state and federal tax returns based on income eligibility. Legal Aid relies on volunteers to help run the program.



If you are interested in volunteering with Legal Aid’s VITA Program or the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, contact Elise von Dohlen, (808) 527-8076. Email elise.vondohlen@legalaidhawaii.org or visit www.legalaidhawaii.org.

Get more information about the IRS volunteer tax preparation programs at www.IRS.gov.

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