2020 Tax Season Volunteer Opportunities

You can help keep struggling families from being taxed into poverty. Volunteer at one of our tax sites!

For 16 years, our tax sites have helped thousands of low-income households in Allegheny County to maximize their tax refund without paying any hefty prep fees from commercial agencies. In 2019, our free tax return preparation program put more than $6 million dollars back into the pockets of over 3,000 working people.

You can help make this tax season another HUGE success by being a client greeter or tax preparer at one of our 4 tax sites!

Volunteer Tax Preparers:

  • Receive free tax training and pass an open book certification test.
  • Prepare federal, state, and local returns.
  • Work with a wide variety of clients from all walks of life.
  • Commit to a set schedule of 3 hours or more each week for the duration of tax season (January 21, 2020 – April 15, 2020).
  • Available Hours: Weekdays 10am-8pm, Saturdays 9am–5pm
  • Location: We are recruiting for all four of our tax sites: South Side, Bedford Hope Center (Hill District), CCAC Boyce Campus (Monroeville), and SHIM Family Center (Baldwin)

To volunteer as a tax preparer, select a shift that works for you and register at www.swpafreetaxes.org

Tax Client Greeter & Referral Volunteers

  • Greet tax clients as they come in.
  • Help clients fill out their intake forms and get their paperwork ready.
  • Discuss other Just Harvest programs with clients.
  • Discuss refund and savings options.
  • Help clients register to vote
  • Engage clients in our policy campaigns and invite them to sign petitions and/or call their legislators.
  • Make appointment reminder phone calls.
  • Assist with data entry or other tasks as needed.

If you are interested in becoming a tax client greeter, please fill out the greeter sign-up form below.

Please contact our volunteer coordinator Amanda Fry at (412) 431-8960 x124 or by email if you have any questions.

Greeter Sign-Up

  • Availability

    Please check any of the following shifts you would be able to volunteer at each week of tax season
  • Our Bedford Hope Center Tax Site, located in the Hill District. Parking is free on-street parking, and the site is also accessible by bus.
  • Our CCAC Boyce Campus Site is located in one of the classrooms at CCAC Boyce Campus in Monroeville. Parking in their lot is also free.
  • Our main office location is easily accessible by bus. Parking can be difficult during the day, but is free and accessible during evenings and weekends.
  • Just Harvest and South Hills Interfaith Movement are partnering to provide free income tax assistance to immigrant and refugee families at SHIM’s Family Center in Baldwin. Volunteers are needed to help taxpayers complete intake paperwork and organize tax forms. A free parking lot is available for volunteers!
  • Training is required before you can begin this position. Training will be provided at our southside location on the dates listed. If you are unable to make a training, please contact Amanda Fry to schedule a time that will work with your schedule.