Volunteer Recruitment Underway for Annual Free Tax Prep Program

Help be a catalyst to lift Denton County children out of poverty as a tax prep volunteer

United Way of Denton County seeks community volunteers interested in helping increase the economic mobility of struggling families in Denton County by providing free tax preparation for those who qualify.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, created by the IRS and implemented by United Way of Denton County since 2008, helps thousands of hard-working households file their federal income taxes accurately, on time, and for free. Training is provided and no experience necessary.

VITA is an effective tool that can provide an average $5,000 tax return for working families who often live paycheck to paycheck. But the IRS estimates that over $15 million is left on the table by VITA-eligible Denton County taxpayers every year.

United Way of Denton County wants to increase the number of households served by VITA which means more volunteers are needed to prepare the returns. Tax Returns

“Last year our small group of volunteers filed over 1,000 tax returns resulting in a $1.2 million impact for our most vulnerable families,” explained Gary Henderson, United Way of Denton County President & CEO. “But, with over 102,000 households living at or below survival in Denton County, we know we can double those numbers to really move the needle for economic mobility.”

Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend a Wednesday information session (October 4th, October 11th, or November 1st at various times). Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions including as tax preparers, intake specialists, and translators for VITA locations throughout Denton County.

Learn more about volunteering with VITA >>