Volunteer with VITA


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is in need of volunteers to train as tax preparers. The VITA program connects low-income residents of Lancaster County with volunteer tax preparers who file their tax returns for free. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends, family, or co-workers to help low income individuals receive free tax preparation services and take advantage of the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. There are 18 different VITA locations in the county offering day, evening, and weekend opportunities. Make an IMPACT: The average income of VITA clients is just $18,000. Helping clients to save an average of $200 in tax preparation fees will make a huge impact in their daily life, in addition to the average $1,277 refund they receive. You can help bring millions of dollars back to low-income families by volunteering a few hours of your time during tax season.


Tax Preparer:  Volunteers serve at one of the 19 VITA locations in Lancaster County. Day, evening, and weekend opportunities are available. Volunteers work with a group of other volunteer tax preparers and meet one-on-one with low-income VITA clients to prepare and file their federal, state, and local tax returns electronically. You do not have to be an experienced tax preparer; you just need a willingness to learn applicable BASIC tax law. Training opportunities will be provided, both online and in the classroom. A few hours per week are all that is required from mid-January through mid-April.

Length of Commitment:

November – January: Online tax training is available on the IRS website (done at your own pace).  Classroom opportunities will complement the online training locally. An online certification test qualifies you to prepare taxes.
January – April: Volunteer are asked to commit 3-6 hours per week at the VITA site of their choice during tax season (12 weeks).

Interested in this volunteer opportunity or want to learn more?  Contact United Way of Lancaster County's Volunteer Center by email at Volunteer@UWLanc.org or 717-824-8122.