A Community of Dedicated Volunteers

Why Volunteer with Ariva?

More than 200 people volunteer with us every year (some of whom have returned each season for 10+ years!) to help prepare free tax returns. It’s a vibrant, bustling community, just like NYC. The volunteers at Ariva enjoy being part of an enthusiastic, generous, and committed team.

In addition to feeling good about doing good, Ariva volunteers and interns also get access to unique benefits!

You’ll receive:

  • Tax Preparer Training
  • Official certification through the IRS
  • Free personal income tax preparation
  • College credit
  • New friends & an amazing community
Let’s help out our community together!
Take a look at the different ways you can get involved.

“For more than a decade, New York Cares has been proud to partner with Ariva. New York Cares volunteers work with Ariva to provide free tax preparation services and return hard-earned money to low-income New Yorkers. Our volunteers frequently praise Ariva, as well as its dedicated and passionate staff members, for creating an environment that is supportive of volunteers and the work they do for community members. It has kept many volunteers returning to Ariva year after year.” – Corin Seguljic, Program Manager at New York Cares

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Become an Ariva
Tax Prep Volunteer

Did you know that nearly half of our tax preparation community earns less than $10,000? It’s incredibly gratifying to see someone smile after you help them get their refund, knowing the additional income can help them save or pay off debt. Come volunteer as a tax preparer. No experience needed!

Tax Preparers

Do I need to be an accountant or have specialized certifications to volunteer with Ariva?

No experience is needed to volunteer with us—you simply need a willingness to learn. If you do your taxes, you can do this! (And if you don’t do your taxes, this is a great way to learn.) Many of our most successful tax preparers had little or no experience before training, and our tax experts are always on-site to double-check each return you process. Volunteer income tax assistants (VITA) receive IRS-certified tax training, and upon completion of the certification exam, their primary duties will be preparing tax returns. Additional activities include customer service and data entry.

Where and when can I volunteer?

We have more than 10 locations, all of which are easily accessible by public transportation. Some sites also provide parking. We have morning, evening, and weekend hours and can work around your schedule, as well as make sure that you volunteer at your preferred location.

What are the requirements for volunteering?

To qualify as a volunteer income tax assistant, you must complete online training with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—don’t worry, we can help you with this. We also ask all volunteers to commit to a minimum of seven (7) shifts per season, though longer-term commitments are ideal. Shifts are 4-6 hours each.

Anyone can learn to do taxes; you can do this! Learn with us!

“No other financial center empowers clients lika Ariva does, helping people instill confidence in themselves. Giving you the resource so you can do it yourself is different from someone else solving the problem for you. We help people stand on their own two feet.” – Bob Swanton, Volunteer

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Intern With Us

All college students are welcome to intern with us—it doesn’t matter where you go to school, you can work with us.


What are the internship hours?

Interns work part-time, typically 5-12 hours weekly. Internship hours are based on your school’s requirements, and we ask that interns commit to a weekly basis until their required hours are complete. Daytime hours are flexible, and we have additional availability on evenings and weekends to suit your schedule.

Can interns receive school credit?

Yes! Your Ariva internship can qualify for college credit A at your college or university (approved by your school) and is also usually applicable to continuing education credits.

Our Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are a vital part of the Ariva community! We truly appreciate the time and effort of the people we work with, and we love to take the opportunity to highlight volunteers.

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Linda McLaughlin

How did you get started with Ariva?

I retired from full-time work about ten years ago, and I was interested in doing taxes because I helped my mother-in-law with the IRS and saw how upsetting it could be. New York Cares hosted a training at Ariva’s office in the Bronx, and I thought the people were great. They had daytime hours, which was when I wanted to volunteer. Now I’ve returned as a volunteer each season for ten years.

What do you think is the highest value of Ariva?

Ariva finds ways to give people a financial leg up through information and is an alternative to for-profit tax preparers. We help people open bank accounts, so they aren’t at the mercy of check cashing or banks that charge fees. We educate people and give them the tools to get out from under a bad financial situation.

What do you enjoy most as a volunteer?

I love the other volunteers! People at Ariva are great. They are also FUN. They have events just for the volunteers at the end of the season.

Volunteer with Ariva today!

Fill out the form below and our tax team, will contact you as soon as possible.