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        Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program — Spring 2020

        December 18, 2019 By Colby Lakas

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        Are you a sophomore looking to gain practical exposure to tax preparation, while serving the community? Look no further than the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), offered through our local Goodwill Industries.

        Each year, Goodwill provides free tax preparation services to the community through a partnership with the IRS. The program, known as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), recruits and trains volunteers to prepare free tax returns for households that earn less than $54,000 annually.

        Volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 hours between January and April, all while gaining valuable work experience, becoming certified in tax law, and helping taxpayers in the community. This is a great opportunity to volunteer, learn a skill, and build your résumé. 

        Volunteer opportunities include intake/greeter and tax preparers. Volunteers are also required to complete a four-hour tax preparer training and certification before tax season begins. Training sessions can be found at, where those interested can register and sign up to be a VITA volunteer.
        Goodwill has offered free tax prep for the community through the VITA program for ten years. So far in 2019, 3,950 individuals and families have received free tax services, which has generated a $10 million economic impact. For more information on the free tax services offered by Goodwill please visit,
        *Note - this VITA is not to be confused with SaveFirst Tax Preparation, which counts for extra credit in ACCT 4410 Income Tax I. We recommend that younger accounting students take advantage of this opportunity as an introduction to the tax preparation experience you may receive while a spring semester junior.