Why become a VITA volunteer?

Simple, to make a difference. As a VITA volunteer, you can help people in your community to prepare taxes free of charge, especially low-income families and foreign students. You also receive hands-on experience preparing tax returns, applying what you learn in classes, and gaining customer service skills.


Volunteer at SDSU

To serve as an SDSU VITA Volunteer, you need to register for ACCTG 409, a Credit/No Credit course associated with VITA.  Students are eligible for up to 3 units of ACCTG 409 but note that each unit requires an additional 2 hours of volunteer time.  We recommend that volunteers should have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in one of the following three accounting courses:  ACCTG 325, ACCTG 332, or ACCTG 503.  You must be prepared to attend the in-class training sessions that occur prior to the opening of the VITA site and you are required to pass the IRS exams to be a VITA volunteer.  SDSU VITA requires that you pass the Volunteer Standards of Conduct, Intake/Interview and Quality Review, Basic, Advanced, and Foreign Student exams prior to preparing any tax returns.  Failure to complete these exams by the due date will result in a grade of No Credit.

SDSU VITA is being planned to operate in a hybrid format.  Students will be required to come to campus and use on-campus computer equipment.  Student protocols for attending in-person classes must be followed.  The exact location on campus is to be determined but will allow for adequate distance between students.  Traditionally, SDSU VITA has been held in the Love Library.

Each unit of ACCTG 409 requires that you work at the SDSU VITA site for at least a 2 hour block.  The day of the week and time of day that VITA will be held is contingent on the location and is still being determined.  For the past few years SDSU VITA was held on Saturday from 12 noon to 6pm.

In previous years, SDSU VITA has operated in partnership with two local VITA sites to permit students to work in the community to serve taxpayers.  For the spring 2021 semester, due to COVID-19 related safety issues, SDSU VITA will be unable to provide ACCTG 409 course credit for those working at the partner agencies; however, VITA remains a valuable experience and for students unable to volunteer for SDSU VITA, the two partner agencies listed below remain options to consider.  SDSU looks forward to continuing our partnership with these organizations once the environment permits.

Volunteer at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

If you wish to volunteer at the IRC should contact [email protected] or visit the IRC’s website to apply.  

Volunteer at Dreams for Change 

If you wish to volunteer at the Dreams for Change contact Dreams for Change at [email protected] or 619-535-7546.