United Way of Greater Lorain County is proud to collaborate with numerous other organizations across Lorain County to help working families save money by providing free income tax preparation and filing. Trained, IRS-certified volunteers prepare income taxes at no charge to families throughout Greater Lorain County with professionalism and confidentiality. Individuals, families and the elderly save valuable money in tax preparation fees by having volunteers file their taxes for them.

Volunteers are needed! No experience is required, free training is provided, and enjoy flexible hours and there will be several locations throughout Lorain County.  At tax sites, volunteers handle intake and screening and help with tax preparation.  In addition, volunteers can expose families to other valuable programs and services such as financial literacy counseling and Affordable Care Act options. These programs and services can open the doors to financial independence and a better future.

Training and certification are mandatory to prepare taxes. Following your training and passage of the certification exams, you may begin signing up for your tax sites and dates below.

Volunteers will attend a training session (either in person or online) to become an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparer. Basic certification is required to prepare returns. Advanced is optional, but if you already have some tax knowledge or want to learn more in depth tax preparation skills, Advanced preparers are always in demand. There are 2 ways to become certified to volunteer as a tax preparer. 

Attend a Training

Click the links below to attend an upcoming training: Missed our Saturday trainings? Trainings are available online. If you are interested in training online, please contact Emily at emily.rhoad@uwloraincounty.org.

Additional Software Training

Software training and interactive role playing (mock tax appointments) will be offered on the dates listed above. It is strongly encouraged everyone to consider attending software training, even just for a short time. Feedback from volunteers in previous years has been that the software training is incredibly helpful in getting started with volunteering.

Sign Up to Volunteer at a Tax Site

  • Enter the code "ilovetaxes" below to view dates/times/locations of tax sites and to sign up.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thinking the actual preparation of taxes might not be your style but still want to help out? We have opportunities for greeters! Greeters help the clients get signed in and check that they have their proper documentation. Greeters only need to take a standards of conduct (ethics) quiz which is available online.
  • Speak a Second Language? We always have a need for translation services, especially for Spanish speakers. You can serve as a translator alone, a greeter and translator, or a preparer and translator. To be a translator alone, you only need to take a standards of conduct (ethics) quiz which is available online. 

Lorain County Free Tax Prep Coalition Volunteer Opportunities

To view the current volunteer opportunities for Lorain County Free Tax Prep Coalition, enter an invitation code below: