Volunteer With Us

Learn to prepare basic individual income tax returns utilizing professional tax software. We will provide all the training that is necessary. Requirements for volunteering include a background check and passing an IRS Certification Exam, applicable to your position.

Some reasons for volunteering

  • Gain valuable experience in the tax preparation field
  • Build your resume
  • We provide letters of reference to outstanding volunteers
  • Volunteer for your community
  • Prepare your tax return for free

Please see volunteer brochure for more information. (Link to volunteer training brochure.)

Intern with us, get college credit and work experience! Seeking College of the Desert,Work Experience, accounting interns. There will be an interview selection process. Must complete income tax training held in November and December at College of the Desert, Indio Campus. Some in-person training required, however, on-line training is available, if needed. Must pass an IRS Certification exam and background check.

Take 1 unit of Work Experience at College of the Desert, Spring Semester. Serve as a volunteer tax preparer, min. 60 hours, evening and weekend work.

Interested in volunteering or interning with us? Please contact

Sarah Castro
Program Director

This is what some of our volunteers have to say

  • Giving back to the community has made one of the largest impacts on my life. It is not just about providing a service to the community it is about being there, prepared, and ready to help a perfect stranger with some they do not have the resources or education to do. Seeing how thankful these people are for the help, how happy they are to know that there was someone willing to give time to help them on a personal level forces a person to consider something other than themselves. Many of those who walk in the door a stranger depart as a friend I look forward to seeing the following year.

    — Abigail

  • “Volunteering with the VITA program had been a very positive experience. I’ve learned practical skills that will help me in the real world while also being able to give back to the community. It’s always great to interact with taxpayers, it’s an all-around great experience!”

    — Adrian Flores