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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), for the first time, is providing simplified on-line training for anyone wishing to volunteer to help low-income, elderly, disabled, and limited English individuals, as well as members of the military, prepare their income tax returns this filing season. The training can be completed online. The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) nationwide program was organized to provide free assistance to individuals who require help in preparing their tax returns and cannot afford the services of a paid professional tax preparer. The Pro Bono Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation is continuously working with the IRS to make volunteering easier and better than ever, and hosts a website as a ready resource for all VITA information. You will need to contact the nearest IRS territory manager to participate in this program once you have completed your online training.

  • Counties of Volunteer Opportunity: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
  • Area of law: Taxes
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Weekends
  • Does the organization provide malpractice insurance for volunteers? No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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