The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering its VITA Program for members of the greater Akron community who would like assistance preparing their own tax returns. The program is free to all members of the public who (a) earn $50,000 or less, and (b) are eligible for the earned income tax credit or are full-time students. Persons who do not satisfy all eligibility requirements cannot be helped through this program. This program complements other similar programs that are offered on campus.
According to the IRS, “the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit for certain people who work and don't earn high incomes. A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket; the EITC can reduce the amount of tax you owe and you may also get a refund.” Most families with children who earn less than $50,000 may qualify for EITC. Thresholds for couples without children and for single individuals are lower.
The program coordinator is Andrew Bernat JD/MTax, a tax attorney and IRS-certified Site Coordinator. A team of IRS-certified volunteers assists Mr. Bernat. Volunteers include MS Accounting, MTax, and BS Accounting students in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy. A Faculty Advisory Council, comprising Jerry Apple, Al Lieberman, and Amber Whisenhunt will provide feedback and advice for the effective operation of the VITA program.
The location of the VITA program is the College of Business Administration Building, Room Back of 102.
Dates of Service
VITA services are offered from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays during the tax season.
VITA services are available by appointment and to walk-ins. Priority will be given to persons with appointments. To make an appointment, visit the VITA registration page.
In order to assure effective service, the last appointment for all dates will be taken at 2 p.m.
Please bring the following items to the VITA site to have your tax returns prepared:
Please call 330 972-7586 for further information. Unfortunately, we cannot take appointments at that number.