Volunteer for Free Tax Prep

Help us fight poverty with free tax preparation! 

Volunteer to help people keep more of what they earn by leveraging some incredible anti-poverty tax credits and preparing their taxes for free. Plus, you will be fully trained and IRS-certified. 

Our Free Tax Prep program will be in-person this year at some great new locations throughout the county. Together, we will help thousands of our neighbors to maximum their tax refunds, access important tax credits and avoid high tax preparation fees. 

Note: All locations will exercise strict COVID-19 protocols and CDC guidelines for safety. Aside from social distancing and frequent disinfecting of high-contact surfaces, face coverings will be required for everyone. Being vaccinated is a requirement to volunteer. 

How it Works

From January through April, United Way of King County volunteers will offer free tax preparation assistance for the community. We will have a mix of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities.  All opportunities will require IRS VITA tax law certification. 

Interested in volunteering with us? Please click here or below to let us know or check back in October to see our volunteer opportunities and to sign up for a shift!

What it Takes

You do not need any prior knowledge or training to volunteer, though if you are interested in a virtual opportunity, you MUST have a high degree of computer literacy, a stable internet connection, and be willing and able to communicate with clients by phone. In general, it is important that our tax volunteers have a friendly attitude, a willingness to be flexible, have general computer experience, and are willing to commit to three to six hours of service a week. 

Below are the volunteer opportunities we expect to offer for the 2023 tax season: 

  • In-Person Tax Preparation Specialists will receive training to obtain Advanced IRS Tax Law VITA certification. They will be on site in one of our locations across King County to work directly with the community as they prepare client tax returns. 
  • Community Intake Specialists will assist at our tax sites by maintaining client waitlists, answering questions, and connecting clients to important community resources. Intake Specialists will also over contact tracing for COVID-19.  
  • Virtual Tax Preparation Specialists will receive training to obtain Advanced IRS Tax Law VITA certification. They will prepare tax returns and interface with clients via their own personal computers through the Free Tax Preparation Campaign’s end-to-end case management tool. 

As a volunteer you will be helping neighbors in your community get the tax returns and credits they deserve while ensuring their safety and well-being during these uncertain times. The ability to speak another language is helpful, but not required. Languages in high demand include Spanish, Amharic, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Russian, Ukrainian, Somali, and Tagalog. 

Have questions? Email us at freetax@uwkc.org 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Free Tax Sponsors for 2020