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Students Help Community and Gain Professional Experience Through JWU’s VITA Program

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In the coming months, JWU students majoring in Accounting and Finance will help taxpayers prepare returns through JWU’s IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. This opportunity offers free federal and state tax preparation to individuals or married couples with incomes of $54,000 or less, while JWU students gain valuable professionally focused experience in their industry.

“Through this IRS sponsored program, students are certified to prepare federal and state returns, and interact with clients, giving them the hands-on experience many employers are looking for,” says Barbara Norris, associate professor in the College of Business. “Participation in this program has helped our students stand out among potential job applicants and take the next step in their career aspirations.”

Accounting junior Olivia Tourney ’19, a member of JWU’s student Accounting Association, is participating in VITA this year. “This program will be a good experience for me and great for the community,” she says. “My professors will be there to help if I have questions too. If I decide to go into this kind of work, this program is providing me with experience early on."

This service includes free electronic filing (e-filing) of federal and state tax returns. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.  This service, limited to US resident, is by appointment only; please contact Barbara Norris by email or call 401-598-4789.

For more information about this opportunity and a listing of available appointments, view this JWU VITA guide.