What is the VITA Program?
The VITA Program at United Way Monterey County is focused on assisting families who earn less than $53,000 a year prepare their taxes for free! It is a program that is provided by the IRS, and run by your local United Way and volunteers! This program is unique, because our volunteers learn a valuable skill while also helping members of the community receive reliable tax counseling in a community setting.
What Does it Mean to be a VITA Volunteer?
A VITA Volunteer helps the community of Monterey County by preparing taxes, or assisting a tax site, free of charge. Out certified volunteers have established the greatest degree of public trust by providing top quality service and upholding the highest ethical standards for the past 6 years. To be a VITA volunteer means that you are committed to providing a service to working families- who rely on our knowledge and customer service, as we guide them through their tax time experience.
What are the benefits associated with becoming a VITA Volunteer?
+You learn a unique new skill that can significantly improve your resume, or job skills in our current economy.
+You volunteer with a team of committed people at each site- a natural networking opportunity with other professionals in the area.
+You get the opportunity to help families in your local community in a significant, and tangible way.
+You gain experience working with the public, leading to a better understanding of your community and local economy.
How Do I Become a VITA Volunteer?
Tax Law Preparers and Quality Reviewers go through a 32 hour training to become IRS-Tax Law certified. Training is in a classroom setting. (see below for class options)
All materials for the training will be provided to you, but keep in mind that some materials will be e-books.
Volunteers who are interested in participating at a tax site in a customer service role, or greeting role can elect to attend a training that consists of 2 hours in a classroom setting.
You can choose your volunteer options, training, and find out more by filling out our VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM (Click Here)
Which Training Should I Attend?
United Way Monterey County provides three trainings for volunteers to become certified in tax law as reviewers or tax preparers.
We also provide two trainings for volunteers to become greeters/screeners for our sites.
++List of Tax Law Classes:
+Fall Training for Beginners at CSU Monterey Bay: October 31st, November 7, 14, & 21 (Every Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm)
+Winter Training for Advanced at CSU Monterey Bay: December 5, 12, & 19. (Every Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm)
+New Year Training for Beginners at Salinas One Stop: January 9, 16, 23, & 30th (Every Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm)
+New Year Training for Greeters: January (Location TBD)
Where the Tax Sites Located?
Free tax sites are generally open from the first week of February to April 15th every year.
Here is a list of locations from 2015; we will post updated lists by January of 2016
Cesar Chavez Library, Salinas
United Way Office in Salinas
Marina Library in Marina
Seaside One-Stop Career Center
Salvation Army Corps Community Center, Salinas
Salinas Center for Employment Training (CET)
Hartnell College Building B, Room 110
Soledad Center for Employment Training (CET)
Salinas One-Stop Career Center
We also provide a free software for anyone to use, year round- with MyFreeTaxes! Click Below: