University News

Free Tax Assistance Set to Give Millions Back

Published: February 26, 2015 | Author: Alex Homer | Category: Community Outreach

Southern Utah University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is gearing up for its 16th year of assisting the Cedar City community, as well as SUU students, to file their taxes for the year, all for no charge.

Giving more than a million dollars back to the community last year, VITA is located in room 207 of the Dixie Leavitt Business Building at SUU. The free program is open to anyone who makes $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need extra assistance in preparing their tax returns.

This program is an opportunity for not only community members and students to receive help filing their taxes, but also for the SUU accounting students that are getting hands-on experience involved in assisting the program.

Aubrie Turner, this year’s VITA student manager said “Students and the community are able to have an IRS certified preparer put together their tax return and also answer any questions they might have.”

Turner added, “This is beneficial because w students are able to learn about individual income taxes and gain a better understanding of how it’s prepared versus completing it through an online tax return site.”

VITA is open Monday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until April 9, but will be closed during SUU’s spring break (March 9-12.) VITA is a first come first served basis. An IRS certified preparer will prepare returns and then returns are reviewed by an IRS certified quality reviewer and an IRS certified site coordinator before it is electronically submitted to the IRS.

Additional information about VITA is available at www.suu.edu/business/vita.



Contact Information:
Jessica Young
435-586-1997
burt@suu.edu