VITA Intake Specialist



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States


Interested in learning new skills and giving back to your community? The 2019 tax season is right around the corner. Join the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and volunteer as an intake specialist! Help provide free tax assistance to people with low-to-moderate income, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, and others who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Help individuals and families get their tax refunds, save money on tax preparation and filing fees, comply with tax filing laws, retain and build assets, and learn about financial literacy. Intake Specialists help clients feel welcome, introduce available savings products, and complete a carefully designed intake process.


  • Work closely with staff and volunteers to facilitate the workflow of site, specifically the Site Coordinator and administrative assistants (answering phones, scheduling appointments, etc)
  • Welcome clients in a warm and proactive manner
  • Assist clients with intake forms and assess their asset building needs and goals
  • Share information on savings products and services; help clients identify which product(s) might best fit their goals
  • Refer clients, as needed, to free financial coaching services and products such as savings and budgeting, debt management and credit building
  • Aid with administrative responsibilities, including data collection to document outcomes
  • Encourage clients to save a portion of their refund as a savings bond or in a savings account or safe and secure prepaid debit card
  • Maintain confidentiality of taxpayer information
  • Ensure no compensation of any kind is accepted for volunteer services provided


  • Pass the Standard of Conduct and Intake/Interview & Quality Review certifications through Link and Learn
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort with a wide range of people
  • Read all communications and updates on tax requirements or procedural changes
  • Respect client privacy
  • Maintain accurate records of assistance provided
  • Give 24-hour cancellation notice when unable to volunteer at your site


  • Ability to work as a volunteer one shift per week (4 hours), totaling at least 30 hours from late January to mid-April 2019
  • Strong verbal and communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort with a wide range of people. Ease talking to people about their financial situation and supporting their financial decision-making
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to strengthening families by increasing self-sufficiency
  • Previous experience with personal finances preferred but not required
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin is a plus!


  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

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