The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free service offered by United Way of Horry County. This program provides free tax preparation and electronic filing services to Horry County residents who earn $56,000 or less annually.
United Way of Horry County recruits and trains community volunteers to receive IRS tax certification. These volunteers staff the VITA sites to assist residents with program eligibility and determine if filers qualify for tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child and Dependent Care Credit. Typically, UWHC’s VITA program prepares and files over 750 tax returns. Volunteers are needed to help at three VITA sites, and we are hoping to add a fourth location in North Myrtle Beach.
Tentative VITA site locations, dates, and times for the 2022 tax season:
Chapin Memorial Library
400 14th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC
2/2/2022 – 4/6/2022
|1 pm – 5 pm|
801 Main Street, Conway, SC
1/22/2022 – 4/9/2022
|10 am – 2 pm|
410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, SC
1/31/2022 – 4/4/2022
Friday, February 25 &
Friday, March 18
|9:30 am – 3 pm|
*10 am – 2 pm
|North Myrtle Beach|
*site pending volunteer interest
We are in urgent need of volunteers to help with this year’s VITA program. Volunteer positions available are Greeters, Screeners, and Tax Preparers.
- Greeter: You greet everyone visiting the site to create a pleasant atmosphere. Due to COVID-19, all participants will sign in with greeter and then wait in their vehicles. Then, Greeters will notify participants via text when they are able to be seen by a screener. This position involves contact with the public and will be supplied with appropriate PPE equipment.
- Screener: You will screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need and confirm they have the necessary documents to complete their tax returns. Screeners will electronically scan in all documents needed for filing into the secure system to be prepared by a certified tax preparer off site. This position involves contact with the public and will be supplied with appropriate PPE equipment including partitions.
- Tax Preparer: You complete and successfully certify in tax law training, including the use of electronic filing software, to provide free tax return preparation for eligible taxpayers. This position involves no contact with the public.
All volunteers will be provided with the appropriate personal protection equipment and appropriate training, which will all be done in early December. Learn how to prepare taxes and make a difference in Horry County at the same time!
If you are interested in being a VITA volunteer, please complete the registration form from the following link: VITA Interest Form.
If you have any questions, contact United Way of Horry County at 843-347-5195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our VITA program is made possible through grant funding by Wells Fargo.