Ohio Dominican University Offers Free Income Tax Return Service

VITA

2009-02-09

( L-R: Anthony Labry, Anna McCurdy, and David Cook)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program

COLUMBUS OH - Once again accounting students at Ohio Dominican will offer free income tax return preparation assistance for qualified individuals. The VITA program offers free tax help to people with low-to moderate-income (generally $42,000 and below). Through this innovative and successful program, ODU accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including earned income tax credit, child tax credit, and credit for the elderly. Accounting students, usually juniors or seniors are certified by the IRS as tax preparers. Under faculty supervision (all faculty supervisors are CPAs) 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). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper, and even faster if they have their refund deposited directly into their bank account.

The program is part of Ohio Dominican’s tradition of service to the surrounding community.

Starting February 28, the ODU VITA center will be open:

  • Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9 and March 23 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The VITA site is on ODU’s main campus, Erskine Hall Room 214.

Due to the volume of tax returns we prepare we use Firstlink to schedule appointments for our VITA site. You can make an appointment for our VITA site by calling Firstlink at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-6766 – ask to speak to the VITA scheduler and request to set up an appointment at the ODU VITA site.

For additional information on the VITA program please contact Robert Osborne, Assistant Professor of Accounting at 251-4261 or email osborne@ohiodominican.edu