Free Tax Prep – Training Schedule

Training Schedule and options

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2024 VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Feel free to join the training sessions in person or via Zoom. You may also watch the recorded training sessions on YouTube. YouTube videos are also a great source to review materials.

Training descriptions and dates:
If you have landed on this page to volunteer after the training dates have passed, please feel free to reach out to us. It is never too late in the tax season to volunteer.

Required Intro:
This training runs several times throughout the month of January. It includes an introduction to VITA and the CA$H Coalition along with a review for the two required certifications by the IRS for all volunteers, Standards of Conduct and Intake/Interview.

You only need to attend one session.

If you are attending in-person, feel free to join us 15 minutes prior for a meet and greet with a tour by the facility.

  • Thursday, January 4, 9:30-10:30am
  • Tuesday, January 9th, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, January 13th, 9:30-10:30am
  • Tuesday, January 16th, 10-11am
  • Thursday, January 25th, 11am-12pm
  • Thursday, January 25th, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, January 27th, 9:30-10:30am
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 10-11:00am
  • Thursday, February 6th, 4:00-5:00pm

Basic:
This training will assist you in becoming a Basic Tax preparer. The Basic training will run a number of times throughout the month of January featuring various practice labs. We will provide guidance to help prepare you for passing your Basic credential test. Prior to taking the Basic exam, you must take and pass the two credentials, Standards of Conduct and Intake/Interview.

  • Thursday, January 4, 11am – 12:30pm (Practice Lab A)
  • Tuesday, January 9th, 6:30-8pm (Practice Lab B)
  • Saturday, January 13th, 10:30am-12pm (Practice Lab C)
  • Tuesday, January 16th, 11am-12:30pm (Practice Lab A)
  • Thursday, January 25th, 12-1:30pm (Practice Lab B)
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 11am-12:30pm (Practice Lab C)
  • Tuesday, February 6th, 5:30-7:00pm (Practice Lab A)

Advanced:
This training will assist you in becoming an Advanced Tax preparer. The Advanced training will run a number of times throughout the month of January featuring various practice labs. We will provide guidance to help prepare you for passing your Advanced credential test. We suggest you become comfortable with the preparing Basic tax returns prior to moving forward with Advanced credentials. Prior to taking the Advanced exam, you must take and pass the Basic tax preparer exam.

  • Tuesday, January 16th, 2-3:30pm (Practice Lab D)
  • Saturday, January 27th, 10:30am-12pm (Practice Lab E)
  • Tuesday, January 30th, 1:30-3pm (Practice Lab F)

Schedule changes and cancellations:

  • Depending on demand, we may include/cancel training sessions. Be sure to check back prior to each session.
  •  If there is inclement weather on the date of the training, the training will be Zoom only. We will not meet in-person that day.

Questions: please contact Sharon Thompson at sthompson@peace-caa.org or 315.991.8846.

PEACE, Inc. Free Tax Prep
Eastside Business Center
1201 E Fayette St, Suite 22
Syracuse, NY 13210
Call Box Keypad: #022

Tax Appointment: 315.634.3756
Email: taxes@peace-caa.org

Service is provided by appointment only.

Centro Bus Stops

Walnut Avenue Side:
Bus Stop #347 to Centro Hub
Bus Stop #350 from Centro Hub

Pine Street Side:
Bus Stop #354 From Centro Hub
Bus Stop #355 to Centro Hub

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PEACE, Inc. is a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site and a member of the CNY CA$H Coalition. VITA sites provide free preparation from tax-law certified volunteers for anyone with a household income of less than $60,000 per year.