For the 12th consecutive year, Ohio Dominican University Accounting students and faculty will offer free income tax preparation services to qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $58,000 and below). Through this program, ODU Accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including the earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for the elderly.
The VITA program is offered at ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, in Erskine Hall, room 202.
The program begins Saturday, Feb. 24. The schedule for this season is as follows:
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon (Feb. 24, March 3, 24, and April 7)
Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4 and 11)
VITA site closes April 11.
Appointments will be taken for the ODU site starting Saturday, Feb. 14. To make an appointment with an ODU VITA tax preparer, call HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-2255, and ask to speak with the VITA scheduler.
Since first offering the VITA program in 2007, ODU faculty and students have helped prepare more than 2,700 tax returns. Last year, the program assisted 153 community members in completing returns.
The Internal Revenue Service certifies as tax preparers participating Accounting students, usually juniors and seniors. Under the supervision of faculty members who are Certified Public Accountants, students prepare federal, state, local school and city income tax returns. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the program offers free electronic filing (e-filing).