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Island University Volunteers Provide Free Tax Return Prep for Qualifying Families

April 27, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than a dozen Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, along with Dr. Arpita Shroff, Assistant Professor of Accounting, volunteered time to help prepare 2014 tax forms for qualifying families in the Coastal Bend. They performed this service as part of a national program called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA. On the Island University, the VITA program is coordinated by Dr. Anita Reed, Associate Professor of Accounting.

“Working with the VITA program provides a benefit to the community while the students get a real-world, hands-on experience,” said Dr. Anita Reed, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi VITA Coordinator. Most of the students who volunteered are accounting students, though all business students were invited to volunteer. All volunteers must take specialized IRS/VITA training.

Islanders weren’t the only ones to help the VITA program this year. In fact, there were volunteers from many organizations including the Coastal Bend Ca$h Coalition, the United Way of the Coastal Bend, Del Mar College VITA/TCE Site, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Goodwill Industries of South Texas. In total, local volunteers prepared nearly 3,000 income tax returns, for free, for individuals and families who qualified for the help.

Volunteers were treated to a Corpus Christi Hooks game on Friday, April 17 for their hard work. At the game, Dr. Reed was presented with a plaque on behalf of the University.

Most families who earn less than $53,000 a year, military families, taxpayers 60 years of age and older, and persons with disabilities are eligible for the VITA program. Tax returns are prepared between January 20 and April 15.