Through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, accounting students use their tax knowledge to provide free tax assistance to other students–including international students with special treaty requirements, and low income and elderly individuals in the area who are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with tax law and filing requirements.
To participate, students must complete Tax I and pass the IRS certification tests, as well as donate 45 hours of community service during spring semester.
VITA offers not only free preparation, but also free e-filing for those who qualify. With e-filing and direct deposit, those who qualify for a refund usually receive it in 8-10 days.
Who Qualifies for Services?
VITA is a free tax preparation and efiling program sponsored by the IRS for all persons with incomes of $50,000 or less. Many of our clients qualify for earned income tax credit (EITC). For these qualifying persons EITC means that they may receive a refundable credit of more than the taxes withheld.
What to Bring the VITA Session
- Identification (driver’s license or passport)
- Birth dates and Social Security numbers for you, spouse and dependents
- Current year’s tax package (if you received one)
- All tax documents from employers and financial institutions, such as W-2s, 1099s, 1042-S, 1098-T, 1095, etc.
- If you’re expecting a refund and wish to have it direct deposited, bank routing and account number
- A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available
- Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s Social Security number or business Employer identification number
Taxpayers must be present to sign forms for e-file, or hard copies of tax returns can be printed for taxpayers to take home, sign and mail themselves.
VITA tax preparation is open to the public on a walk in basis in Memorial Hall Room 250 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning on February 3, 2016, and ending on April 14, 2016.
Please note that there will be no tax preparation service during the week of March 14, 2016 due to spring break.