Thursday, December 16, 2010

Volunteer, Help DC EITC

The DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign is looking for volunteers. DC EITC Campaign provides free tax preparation in DC to help low-income residents and families.

Tax professionals and non tax professionals welcome. They will train you in January and the volunteer work will continue until mid April. 

Earned income tax credit was added to the tax code in 1975. When applied to taxes of low income workers and families, EITC helps offset the required social security tax deduction. Basically, if the credit is higher than the amount taxed int the name of social security a refund is given to the tax payer.

In addition to helping workers file for the EITC, the Campaign attempts to make clients awarer of other free financial services such as savings programs and credit counseling.

Here's the listing from DC EITC:

       You Can Change Lives, One Return at a Time

This tax season you can be a part of a tremendous effort that brings over $9 million into the homes of DC’s low-income working families each year!  How?  By volunteering as a Tax Preparer or Savings Promoter with the DC Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign (

The Campaign is recruiting volunteer Tax Preparers to help low-income clients file their taxes and claim the credits that they deserve.  Each tax return completed by a volunteer preparer can raise a low-income working family’s income by more than $6,000.  

Other volunteers, known as Savings Promoters, will help clients use their returns to move up the economic ladder by saving a portion of their refunds, and enrolling in money management classes and credit counseling!

Volunteers will receive free training and certification on Saturdays and/or weekday evenings in January: 12 total hours for Tax Preparers, and 4 hours for Savings Promoters.

Volunteers then commit to one 3-4 hour session per week (primarily evenings and/or weekends) from late January through mid-April (10 weeks) at one of 11 tax sites throughout the Greater Washington, DC area.  Two of the sites are in the Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan area.  We especially need Spanish speakers at the site on California street (Language ETC).
For more information, visit the Campaign’s website at

Or contact the DC EITC Campaign’s Volunteer Coordinator, Page Schindler Buchanan, at or 202-419-1442 x106