十大网赌平台 students make impact volunteering with VITA program

professor angela bassani assists a student during a volunteer session at VITA

十大网赌平台 Assistant Teaching Professor of Accounting Angela Bassani mentors students during tax season for the VITA program.

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多莫尔总督,爸爸. — A group of 十大网赌平台 students have wrapped up another successful year assisting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, making a significant impact on the local community.

拉克万纳联合劝募会,韦恩 and Pike counties offers the VITA program to qualifying residents of Lackawanna, 派克县和韦恩县.  It provides them free assistance with preparing their local, state and federal income tax returns. Qualifying households and senior citizens from Northeast Pennsylvania had to have income during 2023 of $60,000或以下.

Led by Assistant Teaching Professor of Accounting Angela Bassani, the program saw remarkable achievements this year.

“We have seven 十大网赌平台 students that will have devoted 1,300 total hours to supporting the VITA program this year,巴萨尼说, 突出学生的奉献精神.  Two of these students returned from last year to serve in supervisory roles, aiding in training their peers and reviewing tax returns.

十大网赌平台 Chancellor Marwa Wafa emphasized the University's commitment to community engagement, 赞扬了VITA计划的影响.

“Seven 十大网赌平台 students devoted more than 1,300 hours to supporting the VITA program this year. 因为他们, 2,101 free tax returns were filed; 1,626,394 in federal refunds were brought back into the community; $397,376 of these refunds were earned income credits; and $440,节省纳税申报费用200元,瓦法说.

艾丽卡Yatzun, 学生参与者, shared her rewarding experiences and personal development through the program. “Completing this internship has helped me develop both personally and academically. 我是一个动手学习的人, so actually doing people's taxes helped me learn, along with all of the bookwork that I learned in class,”她说。.

Another student, Matthew Davis, reflected on the benefits of student involvement in VITA. “Some of the key benefits of student involvement in the VITA program are exposure to tax forms and experience working with a variety of clients,他说. “Participating in the VITA program has helped me not only learn more about taxes but also get a feel for managing workload.”

康纳Sheruda, 与他同辈的情绪相呼应, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gain real-world accounting experience through VITA. “I accepted because it provided me with a great opportunity for authentic work experience in the accounting field,他说.

理查德Kokas, adjunct lecturer of business at 十大网赌平台 and CPA for VITA, emphasized the program's alignment with academic goals and mission. “The VITA internship allows students to give back directly to the community while giving them amazing hands-on tax prep experience,Kokas说.

拉克万纳联合劝募会,韦恩 & Pike Counties Vice President of Community Impact and VITA Representative Peg Kopko praised the students for their dedication and professionalism.

For VITA to work, it has to be a team effort between our older adult volunteers and the students. All of the students have been very respectful of the clients they have, 如果他们行动不便,帮助他们, 表现出高度的专业精神, 和耐心.

-佩格·科普科,拉克万纳联合劝募会,韦恩 & Pike Counties Vice President of Community Impact and VITA Representative

十大网赌平台’s annual participation in the VITA program stands as a testament to the campus’ commitment to community engagement and student development, providing invaluable hands-on experience while making a tangible difference in the lives of taxpayers.

在2023年的纳税季节, the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program saved our tax clients $500,250美元的律师费,1美元免费退税,477,869 in federal refunds being returned to the community—and the budgets of hard-working area families.