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ODU Students, Faculty Offer Free Tax Return Preparation Assistance

For the ninth consecutive year, ODU Accounting students and faculty will offer free income tax preparation services to qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Jan 20, 2015

Columbus, OH For the ninth consecutive year, Ohio Dominican University (ODU) 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 $51,000 and below). Through this 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 is offered at ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, in Erskine Hall, rooms 201, 202 and 205.

“ODU’s VITA program offers our talented and enthusiastic Accounting students a wonderful opportunity to practice what they’re learning in the classroom, and gain valuable skills that will help prepare them for their career,” said Jack Edwards, CPA, MBA, J.D., assistant professor of Accounting at ODU. “This is also a tremendous resource for hundreds of people in our community who are looking for affordable, reputable assistance in preparing their tax returns.”

The program begins Saturday, Feb. 21. The schedule for this season is as follows:

  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28 and April 11. Closed March 14 and April 4.)
  • Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 25, March 4, 18, 25, April 1 and 8. Closed March 11.)
  • VITA site closes April 12.

Since first offering the VITA program in 2007, ODU faculty and students have helped prepare 2,133 tax returns. In spring 2014, ODU students and faculty prepared 418 state and federal income tax returns, and processed $355,754 in refunds.

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).

To make an appointment with an ODU VITA tax preparer, call HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-2255614-221-2255, and ask to speak with the VITA scheduler.

For additional information on the VITA program, please contact Jack Edwards at (614) 251-4261 or edwardsj1@ohiodominican.edu or Dawn Hill, assistant professor of Accounting, at (614) 251-4382 or hilld6@ohiodominican.edu.

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors and 10 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.