May 12, 2014
Another banner year for the UW-Eau Claire VITA Program
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire accounting students prepared a record number of returns during the 2013 tax season, according to Brenda Thalacker, coordinator of the UW-Eau Claire Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA, an Internal Revenue Service program, provides free tax return preparation for taxpayers who make $52,000 or less.
UW-Eau Claire students prepared or processed for free 1,710 tax returns—695 more returns than last year. Thalacker attributes the large increase in the number of returns processed by VITA volunteers to the addition of a fourth service location. During the 2013 tax season, UW-Eau Claire students could be found working with taxpayers at the LE Phillips Senior Center, as well as at the City of Altoona Community Room, Western Dairyland Community Action Agency and the RCU Shopko South Office. Student participants increased this last year as well. In 2013 50 students were involved in VITA. This year there were 70 students.
For more information about the UW-Eau Claire VITA, contact Brenda Thalacker, UW-Eau Claire Department of Accounting and Finance.