Every spring, the Department of Accounting participates in free tax return preparation for qualifying taxpayers. This program, called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
The VITA clinic at Texas State is staffed by student volunteers and supervised by a certified IRS site coordinator. Volunteering at the VITA clinic looks great on a resume and for those interested in pursuing a tax focus in their accounting career, it provides invaluable experience.
Students can volunteer as:
Greeter—great for those who maybe aren’t interested in pursuing tax professionally but want to add some business extracurricular to their resume
Preparer—this person actually becomes VITA-certified through the IRS and prepares returns for customers in the VITA clinic at Texas State
The VITA clinic for Spring 2018 will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm from February 12th-March 28th (excluding spring break) in LBJ 3-6.1. Student volunteers can volunteer for one night or many nights: the choice is yours!
To volunteer, you must be trained and you have two options:
• In-Person Training—Monday, Feb. 5th from 5-6 pm in MCOY (ROOM TBA)
• Online Training—a link to the training will be sent to you once we process your volunteer registration (at least 2-3 business days)
Volunteering at VITA is a great way to get tax experience, build up a resume, or even get volunteer hours though your student organization.
If you have any questions at all, please send an email to email@example.com.