free tax preparation, low-income tax preparation Skip to main content
Slots are limited and demand is high, make sure to be in CBA 106 no later than 4pm.
The George W. Daverio School of Accountancy is offering a Volunteer Income-Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Program for members of the greater Akron community who would like assistance preparing their tax returns.
The program is free to all members of the public who earn $54,000 or less. Persons who do not satisfy all eligibility requirements cannot be helped through this program. The school strongly encourages people eligible for the earned income credit and full-time students to participate.
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 $54,000 may qualify for EITC. Thresholds for couples without children and for single individuals are lower. Self-employed tax payers and members of the military are also accommodated as long as the income requirements are met.
A team of IRS-certified volunteers prepare the tax returns and a program coordinator reviews each tax return.
The program coordinators are Melanie McCoskey, Ph.D., CPA and Andrew Bernat JD/MTax, CPA. Additionally, the Faculty Advisory Council, comprising Julianne Jones JD/MTax, CPA, Doron Narotzki JD, LLM, SJD and Sarah Hinchliffe LLM, will provide feedback and advice for the effective operation of the VITA program.
Volunteers include MS Accounting, MTax, and BS Accounting students in the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy.
Please bring the following items to the VITA site to have your tax returns prepared:
To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
If you do not have a Social Security Number, an ITIN please bring your SSA denial letter (if applicable) and a current form of photo identification.
The location of the VITA program is the College of Business Administration Building, Room 106. This building is located at 259 S. Broadway, Akron, OH 44325.
VITA services are offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays during the tax season, beginning February 2 and ending April 13. There will be no VITA service available on Saturday, March 30 due to spring break.
Taxpayers will be helped on a first-come-first served basis. Please call 330-972-7586 for further information. No Appointments needed for the Saturday VITA clinic.