Thirty-seven accounting students completed 803 tax returns for free during the 2016 tax season as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Starting February 6, students met with clients every Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the RCU Shopko South Office. No service was provided March 20 and 22 when the university was closed for spring break.
VITA is a special program of the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. To qualify for the service, clients must have incomes of $54,000 or less.
VITA volunteers prepared and e-filed tax returns; those with more complicated returns or questions were referred to the IRS or advised to seek private professional assistance. Eligibility was determined on a case-by-case basis by the VITA volunteer.
Brenda Thalacker, Department of Accounting and Finance, coordinates the UW-Eau Claire VITA program.