Ohio Dominican University’s Accounting students and faculty prepared 160 federal and state income tax returns during ODU’s 12th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. ODU is one of several sites around Columbus that coordinates with the United Way of Central Ohio to prepare tax returns free of charge.
This year, 11 student volunteers participated in the program.
The service was offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 24 – April 11. ODU Accounting instructors Dawn Hill and Jack Edwards, J.D., led the program.
VITA offers free tax preparation to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $58,000 and below). Through this program, ODU Accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credits for education and for the elderly.
ODU faculty and students have helped prepare 2,905 tax returns since 2007.
The Internal Revenue Service certifies as tax preparers the participating Accounting students, usually juniors or seniors. Under the supervision of faculty members who are Certified Public Accountants, students prepare federal and state income tax returns. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the program offers free electronic filing (e-filing).