Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
All candidates for the baccalaureate degree must satisfactorily complete 30 or more hours of curricular, extracurricular, or co-curricular service-learning.
UW-Eau Claire accounting majors can satisfy at least one-half of their service learning requirement through participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) course, Acct 404. Acct 404 is required for all accounting majors, and has Acct 321, Introduction to Income Tax Accounting as a pre-requisite.
VITA, a special program of the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, provides free tax-return assistance to low-income individuals and families at various sites off campus. UW-Eau Claire accounting students, working under a faculty member, have participated in the VITA program for more than 20 years. The UW-Eau Claire program was the recipient of the 2011 Western Dairyland Community Action Award.
UW-Eau Claire students working in the VITA program must register for ACCT 404, Income Tax Assistance (Accounting 404 is also available for graduate credit). The course provides students with a practical application of individual income tax laws in conjunction with the IRS/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
For more information, contact Brenda Thalacker, VITA coordinator, UW-Eau Claire Department of Accounting and Finance.
Other Accounting Service-Learning Opportunities
Accounting students can also receive service-learning credits through the Student Accounting Society/Beta Alpha Psi and some accounting classes. Students may earn credit for service-learning projects through Acct 210. For more information, contact Dr. Raj Aroskar, chair, UW-Eau Claire Department of Accounting and Finance.