The SUU School of Business is hosting the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program is dedicated to helping people with an income of less than $53,000 a year, people with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speakers fill out their taxes.
“The program also helps people be more confident in professional settings,” Zack Hansen, a senior accounting major from Cedar City, said. “By doing this, participants are learning by experience.”
IRS-certified volunteers provide this service for free, and include basic tax return preparation, as well as electronic filing for individuals who qualify. SUU accounting majors have the opportunity to volunteer with VITA in order to gain work experience.
Hansen said he has been through the program before and also helps participants fill out paperwork when they enter.
“It’s helpful to know that there are people there who can answer any question that you may have about taxes,” Hansen said. “Also, being compliant with tax laws is something that VITA can help with as well.”
The VITA program takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. inside the Dixie O. Leavitt Business Building, room 207. More information about the services that VITA provides, as well as what you need to bring to the program, can be found here.
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