April 23, 2014
RSU Assists Record Number of Taxpayers in 2014
Rogers State University provided free tax preparation services to a record number of people.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, staffed by trained and certified student volunteers, was available to any individual making less than $60,000 a year.
From January 27 until April 14, VITA volunteers helped 400 taxpayers complete their tax returns.
The program became so popular this year that walk-ins had to be stopped mid-February because appointments were filling up too fast. This is the second year that the VITA program has operated at RSU.
Volunteers were RSU students who successfully completed Internal Revenue Service training and certification exams for federal and state tax preparation.
Student work was reviewed for accuracy by RSU business faculty member P.J. Gorden. All students also achieved ethics certification and signed a confidentiality agreement protecting the privacy of all clients.
"The VITA program offers a valuable, professional service to the community and provides our students a chance to earn the professional hours required to sit for the CPA exam. We guarantee those who take advantage of the free program will receive exceptional service," said Gorden who administered the program.
For more information on the VITA program, contact Gorden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-343-7525.