Volunteer Interview – Johnathan Liang

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April is National Volunteer Month. Like other community-based organizations, Restoration depends a great deal on our dedicated corps of volunteers. By giving freely of their time and talent, these amazing people make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of our community residents. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring diverse skills, backgrounds, and experiences. Their capabilities are matched with our program needs, making it a win-win situation for everybody. In celebration of the National Volunteer Month, we are profiling Johnathan Liang. He is a NYU student and served as volunteer tax preparer for the 2018 tax season. He shares his experience below:


How did you learn about volunteering with Restoration?

I attended a Service Fair at NYU where I met Lauren and Claire who told me about an opportunity to be a volunteer tax preparer at Restoration. I was interested, so I attended the meetings and the volunteer orientation. I thought this would be a great experience for me.


What is your role as a volunteer?

I serve as a tax preparer and intake person for the Economic Solutions Center.


What is your favorite part about working at this site?

Getting to learn more about the tax system. Before this program, I had no experience doing taxes, and now i can do my own. Learning the protocol and requirements for different tax situation is very interesting.

My favorite client was a man who came in and he understood very little English, but did know Japanese. I speak a little Japanese and was able to explain his taxes for him.


How how has this experience helped you further your own education and goals?

This experience helped me to learn how much a tax preparer can earn and what my post tax income could be when I start working full time.

As a Business Technology major, we are taught to be entrepreneurs. The most important things to consider associated with owning a business are costs and taxes. If I understand how much in taxes I should be paying, then I will be better able to plan as a future entrepreneur.


Would you recommend this program to a friend or colleague?

I would recommend this program to a friend or colleague. This was an excellent volunteer experience. I really like the site and the staff have been so nice. Before starting, I wanted to build my confidence. The staff assured me that the job wasn't as hard as I thought and asked me to show my confidence and I did. It was the best thing I gained from my experience.