Looking for a way to reduce the stress of tax season? CSUN’s Wayne and Roberta Colmer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program may have an answer.
From Feb. 6 to April 1, the VITA program will provide free assistance with state and federal income tax preparation for low-income families and individuals, non-English speakers, senior citizens and the disabled. For dates, times and locations, visit the VITA Web site at www.csun.edu/vita/.
“We’re helping put money back in the community and in taxpayers’ pockets,” said Donna Watkins, VITA program coordinator.
Along with providing tax assistance, VITA gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in their field of study. It also combines academic study with community service, enhancing the relationship between the campus and community.
This year, 265 students underwent an intensive training program that provided information on handling federal and state tax returns. The program also gives the participating students course credit.
“Participating in VITA allows students to have hands-on experience, especially if they are in the accounting field and planning on doing taxes in the future,” Watkins said.
Due to the large number of individuals who require assistance, the maximum gross income limitation per income tax return has been set at $50,000.
Formed in 1971, the VITA center serves as a valued community partner that is responsive to the needs of the culturally diverse San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (818) 677-4519.