STCA$H Program Seeks Volunteers

Southern Tier CA$H (Creating Assets Savings and Hope), a free IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, is seeking volunteer tax preparers, receptionists, and screeners for the 2019 tax filing season. Training will begin in November 2019, and tax preparation will begin in late January 2020.

Volunteer tax preparers should possess basic math skills; some experience doing taxes is helpful, but not required. All preparers receive IRS training, and are required to certify with the IRS, attend site orientation, complete practice returns in the tax preparation software and do their first returns under direct supervision.  The Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 protects volunteers against liability for returns prepared within their scope of IRS certification.

Volunteer receptionists and screeners greet taxpayers and must have good people skills. Training and orientation will be provided prior to the tax season.

All volunteers may choose the location and hours that are most convenient for them. Daytime, evening, or Saturday shifts are available at most sites. Shifts are typically three to four hours long.

More information about the Southern Tier CA$H program, including volunteer opportunities, is available on the Southern Tier CA$H website at or call 607-654-7487 Ext # 2042.

Interested volunteers may sign up by following the links above or by emailing

Southern Tier CA$H provides free tax assistance for individuals and families making less than $56,000, at sites across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties. Last year, program volunteers completed returns for more than 3,000 individuals and families, bringing back more than $4.5 million in refunds to the community.

CA$H is sponsored, in part, by grants from the Internal Revenue Service Stakeholder Partnerships Education and Communication (SPEC) Division, and United Way of the Southern Tier.

The CA$H program is supported by numerous coalition partners throughout the three county area.