University of Alaska Southeast

School of Management faculty and students assist with VITA

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The University of Alaska Southeast and Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority have partnered for the past three years to prepare income tax returns free of charge for low to middle income individuals and families. This VITA site (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is offered in Juneau on Tuesday afternoons and some Saturdays during the tax filing season. In the UAS Income Tax for Individuals course (ACCT 310), students are required to take the IRS standard VITA exams as a part of their class grade. After passing these exams, students are certified to help out at VITA sites by preparing income tax returns. Every year the site has between 3 and 6 student tax volunteers, who get real life experience in the accounting field. The VITA team also travels to the Southeast communities of Angoon, Kake, Saxman, Klawock, and Craig, with funding from Tlingit and Haida RHA and a grant from the Harold T Caven Foundation. The warm, fun-loving, and bustling VITA site will be alive with energy again this year from February 2 to April 12 at 5446 Jenkins Drive.

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