Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Each year, students in the College of Business volunteer many hours of their time to help others prepare their taxes, for free.
The students do this work as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The VITA program seeks to assist those with limited means, persons with disabilities, the elderly and taxpayers who are new to the United States, and need assistance in preparing their tax returns. The student volunteers are IRS-certified volunteers who provide free basic income tax return preparation including electronic filing.
Students have to pass multiple exams developed by the IRS and log many hours of training before they are allowed to start preparing returns. Passing the exams can be a daunting task so the College offers a one-credit class. After passing the IRS exams, the students are scheduled for about eight weeks of tax return preparation at two hours per week. All sessions are held in the College of Business Gerdin Building.
During the 2015 tax season, students helped prepare almost 500 tax returns.
Check back here next winter to see details for the 2016 tax return season!