CASH (Creating Assets, Savings & Hope) is a volunteer tax preparation organization that trains students as VITAs (Volunteer Income Tax Associates). Our volunteers aim to provide free tax preparation services to low-income families and individuals in the Charlottesville community. Many low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in the Charlottesville community use CASH in claiming their EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit), one of the largest anti-poverty tools in the country. A quarter of those eligible to claim fail to do so because they cannot properly complete their tax return. Last year, in hand with United Way, CASH volunteers helped file over 2,400 returns resulting in a direct economic impact of over $4 million dollars to the Charlottesville community. With the help of CASH volunteers, the average family will receive a refund of $1,700.
What will volunteers do?
Prospective volunteers will attend tax law and tax preparation training sessions throughout the fall semester. Volunteers will be taught all the necessary skills needed - absolutely no prior tax knowledge is necessary. At the end of the fall semester, volunteers will take an assessment and become IRS-certified as VITAs (Volunteer Income Tax Associates). During the spring semester, our certified volunteers provide free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families in the Charlottesville community.
CASH is a year-long commitment. There will be 6 bi-weekly two-hour training sessions during the Fall semester. Volunteers are expected to attend all training sessions; however multiple training sessions will be held each week to in order to accommodate volunteer schedules. Training dates will be announced once the volunteer team has been selected, but will occur once every other week with the option to attend Sunday afternoons or weeknights. In the Spring semester, students will volunteer weekly for a chosen shift, beginning in February and ending on April 15th.
UVa Human Resources
914 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904
UVA Medical Center
999 Grove Street, Charlottesville, VA 22904
How can I get involved?
Volunteers for CASH are selected via a competitive application and interview process. Click on the Register link on the upper left hand side of this webpage and fill out the online form. After you submit the form, a Program Director will inform you whether or not you have been chosen for an interview.
Our Community Partners
- UVA Human Resources
- United Way
- IRS SPEC Division