ODU Offers Free Tax Return Preparation Assistance Through VITA Program

VITA 2012


Columbus, OH – Accounting students at Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will offer free income tax return preparation assistance for qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $50,000 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. The VITA program operates at ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, in Sansbury Hall Room 137. 

“The program is part of Ohio Dominican’s tradition of service to the surrounding community,” said ODU Assistant Professor and VITA program advisor Bob Osborne. The program opens Saturday, February 25. The schedule for this season is as follows: 

  • Every Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (February 29, March 7, 21, 28, and April 4 and 11. Closed March 14 for Spring Break.) 
  • Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (February 25, March 3, 10, 24, 31, and April 7. Closed March 17 for Spring Break.) 
  • Monday, March 19 and April 2 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
  • VITA site closes April 11. 

The Internal Revenue Service certifies as tax preparers the participating accounting students, who are usually juniors or seniors. Under the supervision of faculty members who 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.  

Due to the volume of tax returns the students prepare, appointments are scheduled through  HandsOn Central Ohio (formally Firstlink)  for the  VITA site. To make an appointment, call  HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-6766 outside of Franklin County, and ask to speak to the VITA scheduler to set up an appointment at the ODU VITA site.  

For additional information on the VITA program, please contact Bob Osborne at 614-251-4261 or via email at osborneb@ohiodominican.edu or Maggie Gilmore, Assistant Professor of Accounting, at 614-251-4382 or via email at gilmorem@ohiodominican.edu. 

Ohio Dominican University is a private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.