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Students receive tax help from VITA

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 00:02

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is a group on Marshall University’s campus that helps students file their income tax returns for free.

Amanda Thompson-Abbott, instructor in the College of Business and site coordinator of VITA, said VITA is a program designed to help taxpayers with income tax returns.

“Beta Alpha Psi played a key role in bringing VITA to Marshall,” Thompson-Abbott said.

Beta Alpha Psi is a professional, business fraternity within the College of Business.

Thompson-Abbott said the VITA program is a partner in a larger network of VITA sites throughout the tri-state area.

VITA helps students take their classroom knowledge and turn it into a work setting.

“VITA is a wonderful way for the students to develop themselves professionally,” Thompson-Abbott said.

Thompson-Abbott said student volunteers are certified to help file taxes and are required to take an ethical exam to volunteer with the program.

Ali Sandy, junior accounting major and VITA coordinator, said she likes being able to be involved and help taxpayers with their taxes.

Sandy said her experience with VITA has also helped her expand her cultural education.

“I’m from a small town in West Virginia and I’d never been around anyone with a different accent,” Sandy said. “It broadened my cultural awareness.”

Thompson-Abbott said the site, at Marshall, is one of the few VITA sites in the area that can help non-residents file taxes.

Chase Kirby, junior management information systems major and Vita coordinator, said the program is beneficial to all students.

“It’s free for one thing,” Kirby said. “For resident students, we can do everything automatically.”

Thompson-Abbott said having a free program is useful for taxpayers who need help understanding tax forms.

“It can get quite expensive if you go to someplace where it costs to have your taxes done,” Thompson-Abbott said. “There is no cost to VITA. Students can bring in their information and we can sit down and help them get through the complicated tax law.”

The VITA program is open to students between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays in rooms 241 and 242 of Corbly Hall.

The program began this past week and will run through April 15, with the exception of March 19 and March 21.

Jessica Patterson can be contacted at patterson73@marshall.edu.

 

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