Tax Help Volunteers

About the VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Every year, the Library hosts the VITA program at the Main Library in Eureka and several branch libraries.  The VITA Program offers free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income households throughout Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  VITA for this year's tax season is being organized by the United Way of the Wine Country. 
Volunteer: Be a Greeter or a Tax Preparation Assistant
Free training is provided, and you gain a useful skill!  the Humboldt County Library partners with the VITA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide tax help for community members who need it. Get trained to be a tax preparer or a greeter.  You may serve in a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) location in your own neighborhood or choose to travel with other volunteers to areas that need your help.

Benefits to the Whole Community, and to You
When you volunteer to help individuals and families receive the tax refunds they have earned and qualify for, you put money back into our local economy.  In Humboldt County, hardworking low-income families pay several million dollars more in taxes than they should, because they are not aware of the tax credits and deductions that are supposed to help them keep the money they earned.  In addition to boosting our economy, volunteering for VITA is a chance to engage with the public, add a great skill to your resume, and be a part of a rewarding and educational experience.

Flexible Hours & Training
Your volunteer hours can be arranged to flex around your other commitments. There is no experience necessary to apply. All volunteers are welcome, and bilingual people are especially encouraged to put your abilities to a very good use here.  In the late fall and winter of each year, free training is provided so that volunteer tax helpers can become IRS-certified.  Volunteers can expect to spend from 4 -15 hours per week greeting or preparing returns during the tax season.  Call the number below to find out more about the training and volunteer opportunities.

Sign Up in November or December to Receive Training
To volunteer, please contact United Way of the Wine Country, in November or December, at 707-528-4485.  You'll be trained and ready in time for the upcoming tax season!