School of Business Offers Free Tax Assistance to CommunityFebruary 08, 2017
Author: Cami Mathews
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) at Southern Utah University is ready for another year of helping Cedar City residents prepare their taxes. Free of charge to anyone with an annual income of $53,000 or less, VITA services are also available to persons with disabilities, elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers in need of assistance.
Each year, students enrolled in the School of Business accounting department complete between 600-800 tax returns for community members. Assisting local taxpayers in obtaining over a million in total federal tax refunds, VITA also provides a return for students. Preparing taxes gives students practical experience that complements their classroom education and builds resumes.
Brant Parker from Paige, Ariz., currently enrolled in the Master of Accountancy Program, is serving as site coordinator for SUU’s VITA lab this year.
“Tax accountants must fully understand tax law and how to explain complex issues in the simplest of terms,” said Parker. “VITA is the first chance students have to do so, allowing for hands-on, interpersonal experience before graduation.”
VITA assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, April 12. Walk-in hours are available Monday through Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Dixie Leavitt Business Building, room 207.
Nikki Koontz- assistant director of marketing