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Olivet College accounting students serve with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
Mar 19, 2013

The Olivet College Accounting Student Organization is providing tax assistance as part of a service learning project. Eight students are providing assistance through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which is coordinated through the Asset Independence Coalition (AIC). The AIC coordinates the resources of public and private institutions to provide free tax help and promote the financial independence of low to moderate income residents in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. The students participating are IRS certified volunteers and have completed 16 hours of training in basic income tax preparation.

The students began volunteering in February at the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) VITA site in Charlotte. In addition, throughout the tax season the students will be holding on-campus tax assistance sessions that utilize the MyFreeTaxes income tax preparation software.

Funded in part by a grant from the CAUW, the 2013 MyFreeTaxes Partnership campaign is now in its fifth year and provides free tax preparation and filing assistance to qualified individuals and families. This national campaign empowers working individuals and families with low to moderate income to access free tax preparation and filing assistance services online at the college with the help of the student volunteers. It’s an easy and fast way to file secure, federal and state tax returns online through the software H&R Block At Home.

Students participating in the effort include: Ryan Armstrong, a senior from Eaton Rapids; Kyle Baggerly, a sophomore from Battle Creek; Heather Baker, a junior from Charlotte; Tony Edwards, a senior from Clarksville; Brock Hubbard, a senior from Battle Creek; Steven Osborn, a junior from Marshall; Katelyn VanMeter, a senior from Sturgis; and Josh Warsop, a sophomore from Marshall.


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