Free Tax Assistance
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 3
By Rick Gloady
Accounting majors at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) are offering free income tax preparation for students and members of the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which runs through Friday, March 29, at the university.
Offering free e-filing for federal and state tax returns, VITA is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide income tax assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals, the handicapped, the elderly and limited English proficient individuals. Every year CSULB’s student volunteers prepare hundreds of returns for individuals both on and off campus.
Sponsored by the IRS but funded through the campus’ Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society, VITA helps students on campus and people from the community who cannot afford to go to paid preparers to get their taxes filed. At the same time, the program gives student volunteers valuable experience that can further help them to attain full-time employment in the accounting field.
There are limitations to those who can use the service, however. VITA program volunteers do not prepare business tax returns, and they do not do itemized returns. In addition, the CSULB program can only assist those who made $51,000 or less in 2012.
For more information, contact Alba via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (562) 985-5752.