VITA Interpreter



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 interpreter! 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. Interpreters work with VITA clients throughout the tax preparation process. Volunteers who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese are always needed.


  • Work with the Volunteer Site Coordinator and others at a VITA site to assist with interpreting tax payer information
  • Provide free interpreter services at VITA sites
  • 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
  • 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 communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skill and comfort with a wide range of people
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to strengthening families by increasing self-sufficiency
  • Proficiency in English and Cantonese, Mandarin, or Spanish. Ability to translate both languages helpful.
  • Basic tax knowledge (Form 1040, Form 1040A, and Form 1040EZ) is helpful, but not required
  • Experienced interpreter preferred but not required


  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


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  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

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