Free Tax Preparation Program by Ohio Dominican University Students Returns this Year



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 of 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. The VITA program will be offered in ODU’s Erskine Hall (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219), Room 214, beginning February 20. The VITA site will operate on the following days and times: 

  • Wednesdays (February 24, March 3, 17, 24, 31; April 7) from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Closed March 10)
  • Saturdays (February 20, 27; March 6, 20, 27; April 3 and 10) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Closed March 13)

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